Web Development Advanced Certificate

With a graduate certificate in web development, you'll develop an expertise in interactive multimedia design as you enhance the communication and digital media experience.

Overview for Web Development Adv. Cert.

Why Pursue a Web Development Advanced Certificate at RIT?

  • Minimal Time with Maximum Results: Earn a graduate certificate in web development with only four courses.
  • State-of-the-art Interactive Media Laboratories: Access to a wide variety of computer, video, and digitizing equipment.
  • Dynamic Courses: Explore the theories of interactive computing, fundamentals of interactive design, web and multimedia programming, and the impact of networked technologies in web communications.

RIT's Web Development Advanced Certificate

As interactive technologies advance, the ways in which we communicate change—and the importance of enhancing the communication experience within electronic environments increases. The certificate in advanced web development provides an opportunity for you to gain firsthand knowledge and expertise in the art and science of interactive multimedia design.

Advanced Web Development Courses

Students explore the theories of interactive computing, fundamentals of interactive design, web and multimedia programming, and the impact of networked technologies in web communications. Projects include the development of websites and interactive multimedia applications. You will have at your disposal a variety of computer, video, and digitizing equipment in our state-of-the-art interactive media laboratories.

What is an Advanced Certificate?

An advanced certificate, also called a graduate certificate, is a selection of up to five graduate-level courses in a particular area of study. It can serve as a stand-alone credential that provides expertise in a specific topic that enhances your professional knowledge base, or it can serve as the entry point to a master's degree. Some students complete an advanced certificate and apply those credit hours later toward a master's degree.


Curriculum Update in Process for 2024-2025 for Web Development Adv. Cert.

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Web Development, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction
Human-computer interaction (HCI) is a field of study concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them. This course surveys the scope of issues and foundations of the HCI field: cognitive psychology, human factors, interaction styles, user analysis, task analysis, interaction design methods and techniques, and evaluation. This course will focus on the users and their tasks. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Foundations of Web Technologies I
This class provides an introduction to internet and web technologies. Topics include an introduction to the internet and basic internet technologies (including, but not limited to: SSH, SFTP, UNIX, XHTML, CSS, Client-Side programming, and website publishing). Lec/Lab 3 (Fall).
Foundations of Web Technologies II
This course builds on the basic aspects of web page development that are presented in the first course and extends that knowledge to focus on issues and technologies related to the design and development of web sites. Topics include advanced internet technologies (including, but not limited to: AJAX, server-side programming, database use and access, client libraries, server frameworks, and creating and consuming information services). (Prerequisites: ISTE-645 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 3 (Spring).
Interactive Programming
This course teaches students how to program interactive components to create user interfaces and information visualization systems. Students will work with data, information, animation, and digital media to create interactive applications. Students will be introduced to visual layout and design concepts. Programming is required. Students will need to have taken one year of programming in a high-level language to be successful in this course. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lec/Lab 3 (Fall).
Total Semester Credit Hours

Admissions and Financial Aid

This program is available on-campus only.

Offered Admit Term(s) Application Deadline STEM Designated
Part‑time Fall or Spring Fall: February 15 priority deadline, rolling thereafter; Spring: rolling No

Part-time study is 1‑8 semester credit hours. RIT will not issue a student visa for advanced certificates.

Application Details

To be considered for admission to the Web Development Adv. Cert. program, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

English Language Test Scores

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit one of the following official English language test scores. Some international applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver.

88 6.5 60

International students below the minimum requirement may be considered for conditional admission. Each program requires balanced sub-scores when determining an applicant’s need for additional English language courses.

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Cost and Financial Aid

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Additional Information


Due to continuing advances in the technologies used for interactive multimedia, knowledge of programming is necessary in this field. Students must have object-oriented programming skills equivalent to one year of study. Bridge courses are available to complete any requirements missing from the applicant’s credentials.