Web Application Development

Web Application Development

Take Your Web Expertise to the Next Level

Build a strong base in web development and design with the Web Application Development A.A.S. degree program at Kirkwood. In two years, you will learn how to plan and execute complex web projects using the latest technologies, coding techniques, and more. 

Students in the web application development program also have the opportunity to further their skills with a web development certificate, or dive deeper into subjects with emphasis courses on web graphic design and Java programming.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year. Web application development students may also qualify for the Kibbie Grant

Program graduates will be able to:

  • Compose, categorize, and compile content for inclusion in web projects. Formulate appropriate approaches based on quantitative and qualitative data (i.e. analytics and use-cases).
  • Produce web pages and sites to address marketing, e-commerce, and business needs.
  • Devise integrated solutions that demonstrate knowledge from an emphasis area.
  • Use tools to accurately prepare content in a variety of media for inclusion into websites.
  • Use code to accurately control the layout and coordinate the presentation of web content.
  • Use current technology to independently deploy, extend, and update web content.
  • Proficiently create specialty content from an emphasis area for integration into web projects.
  • Display a preference for organized workflow and professional practice in designing and developing web solutions.
  • Appreciatively propose, consider, and argue alternatives orally and in writing using inclusive, open-minded dialogue.
  • Comply with current professional standards for encoding web content.
  • Organize assets and specialty content within web projects according to accepted practice in the emphasis area.

Our mission is to identify what the community requires from web application development graduates, and fine-tune our program to respond to those needs. We also seek to present and provide opportunities and facilitate a lifelong learning environment.

Program Costs

Web Application Development 

School Year: 2024–25

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 16 16 6 20 16 74
In-State Tuition $3,472 $3,472 $1,302 $4,340 $3,472 $14,700
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $250
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $730 $1,100 $340 $930 $715 $3,815
Course/Section Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Tool Sets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Uniforms $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $4,252 $4,622 $1,692 $5,320 $4,237 $20,123


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $217 (In-State), $290 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Fees and costs are subject to change. To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.

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For students wishing to go further with programming, two elective concentrations are offered.

  • The first emphasizes the Java programming language and culminates in a course in creating dynamic interactions with Java Server Pages.
  • The second, based on Microsoft technology, emphasizes the Visual Basic language and culminates in the use of ASP.NET for providing dynamic pages and Web services.

Both options include a course in client-side scripting.

Web Graphic Design emphasis option: For students wishing to focus on design, there is an elective concentration in web graphic design, which includes an additional course in digital layout, alongside courses covering several professional graphics tools, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash.

You'll begin with a set of basic courses covering HTML and CSS, web media, and introductory computer and programming skills.

As the program progresses, you'll learn various aspects of web design and development through courses emphasizing the workflow associated with the planning process, site design and the use of standard technologies, such as content management systems, to provide client solutions.

You'll also consider the business side of web development through courses in marketing and e-commerce, learning about current topics such as web analytics and search engine optimization along with payments, catalogs and shopping carts.

The use of scripting, PHP and databases is also included.

The web certificates are for those looking to add basic web skills to careers in marketing, graphic design, computer support, or management.

Students study several of the core courses from the web technologies degree program, but without the advanced emphasis areas or general education components.

The web development certificate begins with basic courses and moves on to coding and database use. The web design certificate also begins with basic courses, but then adds courses in the customization of content management systems for blogging and e-commerce.


*State and federal aid may be used for the diploma on its own or as part of the degree program above.


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