Website Design Certificate Program

Web Design

SMU Website Design Certificate | Frequently Asked Questions

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DURATION 11 months
FORMAT Blended – Meets Weekday Evenings

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About the Web Design Certificate Program

About Web Design Class Scheduling

About the Coursework & Materials

About Financial Aid/Assistance

Other Policies

About the Web Design Certificate Program

As of fall 2014, the Web Design Certificate program consisted of 100 hours of instruction and included introductory material, a review of select Adobe software, and HTML and CSS training. The program is currently under revision with an eye to expanding the content offered in May 2015. A complete list of course titles, hours of instruction, and pricing for the May cohort will be announced in March 2015.

I don’t have a college degree.  Can I enroll in the program?
A college degree is not required to earn a SMU Web Design Certificate; however, if you do not have a degree you will need a minimum of 4 years of professional work experience in a related field. Contact a Program Advisor at to see if you qualify for enrollment. 

I'm not very technical, can I handle this program?
The purpose of the certificate is to allow students to familiarize themselves with all practical aspects of web design, and obtain practical knowledge in the process. Mac or PC users, graphic designers, programmers, and proficient casual users can participate.

Can I enroll in the web design certificate program if I don't know HTML very well or at all?
Yes. The purpose of the HTML course is to provide students with good working knowledge of HTML. Students learn to hand code HTML during our program.

I've been doing web sites for several years. Will I gain much from this certificate program?
This depends on what kind of training you've already had in web design. Learning to code the latest versions of technologies like CSS and design beautiful, effective websites will set you apart from the rest of the web design industry. We invite prospective students to take a look at the course details and if you see skill sets or topics you are not familiar with. Keep in mind that our courses cover both introductory and intermediate topics.

I still have additional questions. Does SMU have advisors for the Web Design Certificate that I can speak to further?  Yes, please contact us, and our Program Advisor will be in touch with you within 24 hours.

About Web Design Class Scheduling

I have a full-time job. Can I fit the web design certificate into my schedule?This certificate program was designed for working professionals. Courses are offered in evening to fit your busy schedule. The 9-month Graphic Design Certificate cohort is offered multiple times throughout the year. 

About the Coursework & Materials

Do students get to choose the site they develop for the capstone project? Yes. Some students choose to work on a portfolio website for their own business. Others create a fictional site. Still others choose to create a site for a family member or friend that owns a small business.  

Will I receive grades in each class? Are there any exams? Students do not receive grades for individual courses; however online exams are administered for each core course. Students who are enrolled in the certificate program must achieve at least a 75% on these exams in order to pass the course.

What if I don’t pass the exams? Each certificate student is allowed two attempts to pass an exam. Successful completion of the Web Certificate Program is based on the successful completion of the tests as well as an evaluation of your homework and final project in the capstone course. 

What is the minimum software that I need to have in order to complete the web design certificate? During the certificate program, you will be working on a real-world website project and will require use of the Adobe Creative Cloud software. Please note: The Creative Cloud software needs to be downloaded and installed before your first class, the download is large and may take a considerable amount of time.

Financial Aid/Assistance

Can I get a loan for the cost of books and supplies as well as tuition? No. However, you can apply for a Sallie Mae Smart Option loan for continuing education studies through the link on our website.
Note that some programs sell out weeks before the start date.  If you plan to apply for a Sallie Mae Smart Option loan, begin your application early to allow for adequate processing time. 

Can I start a class while I am waiting for my loan to be approved? No. But once we receive notification that your loan has been approved, you can start registering for classes.

Do I need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? No, the FAFSA is used only for degree programs and is not accepted for continuing education programs.

Other Policies

Registration Confirmation

After your registration has been processed, you will receive an e-mail with your course confirmation which will contain the following information: course schedule, course location, parking pass, suggested parking and map. Please check your confirmation thoroughly to verify that everything is correct as soon as you receive it.

Your building name and classroom number are printed on your confirmation and can be found online in your student course record.  If for any reason you have not received or lost your confirmation, be sure to gather all necessary information from our office during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Student Withdrawal Policy

CAPE makes every effort to assure a quality learning experience. If you choose to withdraw from the Website Design certificate program, please notify us in writing (via email: or fax: (214) 768-1071) before 5:00 p.m. of the program start date. A refund will be issued, less a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be given after the program start date.

Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. 


All refunds will be made in the form of the original payment.  Please allow up to six weeks to receive check refunds.

Course Transfers

You may transfer a course registration one time, within the guidelines of the withdrawal policy.  If you fail to attend the class you transferred into, you forfeit the course tuition.

Class Cancellations

CAPE reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes due to low enrollment. Such decisions are made three business days prior to the class begin date. If a course is rescheduled for any reason, those registered will be contacted to verify availability for the rescheduled date.  If those registered are not available for the rescheduled class date, tuition will be refunded in full.  If the class is cancelled and a new date is not available, tuition will be refunded in full.

Web Design Certificate Completion

You will have 18 months from your first day of class to successfully complete the web design program. In the event that you experience personal or professional reasons which delay your completion of the program or fail to successfully pass required exams, the following policy applies:

    1. The 18 month clock begins on the first day of class.   
    2. The program must be completed within the 18 month period so students should plan their schedules accordingly.  This means that the last day of class of the last necessary area must be completed within the 18 month period.
    3. After 18 months from the student’s first day of class, when the student originally begins the program, the student’s enrollment in the program expires.  The student will be removed from participating in the program.  If s/he has not successfully completed the program within the 18 month window, her/his program status is “incomplete” and s/he will not receive a certificate of completion from the program.
    4. After 18 months, a former student may reapply to the program and will be subject to the program’s current tuition and space availability.

SMU is monitoring the weather and will post updates about any closures on the smu home page. CAPE classes follow the university schedule for any closures. If you are enrolled in a CAPE class that is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will receive an email from us.

Contact Us

Talk to a Program Advisor at or 214-621-4834.