NYU-SCPS Inspiring the Next Wave of Web Design

Certificate program in Web Production launches for Fall 2010

NEW YORK, April 26, 2010—Interactive content and video have become king on the Internet.  Recent studies have shown, for example, that Americans watch roughly 33 billion video clips per month online.  With the new normal in Web browsing meaning interactivity and multi-platform browsing, demand is higher than ever for competent Web designers that can handle multiple formats. 

To answer this demand, the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (www.scps.nyu.edu) today announced a professional Certificate in Web Production program.

The certificate, which begins in the fall 2010 semester, will require nine courses. These classes cover such topics as Web law, Web production, media management, information architecture, and graphic design for the Web, including color systems and usability. Formats are intended for working professionals, with all classes meeting evenings and weekends. The program is offered by the department of Design, Digital Arts and Film, within the NYU-SCPS Division of Media Industry Studies and Design.

“There is a wide swath of industries using specially-produced content, including video, interactive gaming and embeddable widgets,” said Mary Domowicz, academic director, Design, Digital Arts and Film. “Successful businesses will have to address high tech needs effectively, and this program offers training in the design and production skills necessary to thrive.”

This new program aims to position students to take advantage of predicted job growth and expanding business opportunities in the field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “computer scientists and database administrators” job market is expected to grow 37 percent by 2016, meaning there will be plenty of room for motivated, skilled designers who can harness the full functionality of the Web. On top of that, Nielsen reports that business owners have been spending 82 percent more time on social media networks over the past year, and thus 66 percent of business owners say they have plans to invest in marketing on the online networks.

Registration can be completed online at http://scps.nyu.edu/design and will begin in July 2010. Student questions regarding the certificate program can be directed to the department of Design and Digital Arts (email scps.info@nyu.edu or tel. 212-998-7200).

Students wishing to jumpstart their coursework in Web Production can begin before the fall, by registering online now (at www.scps.nyu.edu) for the following evening or weekend courses  starting in June: Information Architecture I: Fundamentals X36.9246; Website Usability I: Fundamentals X36.9245; and Website Usability: Intermediate X36.9056.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.