Frequently Asked Questions
There is no standard definition of "webmaster". Different organizations may describe it as any of the following:
- System Administrator– the person who runs the web server, installs and configures the web server software, manages usage and security, and installs other applications.
- Information Architect – the person who conceptualizes the overall logic and design of the site.
- Graphic/Interactive Designer– the person who designs the web pages, creates the graphics, and developes interactive media.
The Webmaster Certificate Program at Austin Community College provides courses in each of these areas. The program offers two specialization tracks: System and Application Programming, and Design and Media.
The ACC Webmaster Certificate program consists of 9 required seminars (in either specialization track) plus 3 required elective seminars for a total of 160 to 200 hours (total in-classroom hours). Some classes are 12 hours long but some are also 24 hours long. The costs are far less than what you would pay for similar high quality courses in the private sector. There is no initial program registration fee; you pay separately for each class you take. Limited financial aid may be available for the courses in this program. See the current schedule for upcoming webmaster classes for details.
Most students take about a year to complete the program. However, it may take longer if certain courses are already filled when you attempt to register. The courses in the ACC Webmaster Program are held during days, in the evenings and on weekends.
All of the ACC Webmaster courses are offered several times per year — in most cases at least once every fall, spring, and summer semester.
Because "webmaster" refers to such a diverse set of skills, the ACC Webmaster Certificate Program defines two specialization tracks. When you register for the Webmaster Certificate Program at ACC, you'll choose one of these specializations:
- Design and Media – Specialize in creating aesthetic web pages, and designing the user experience.
Yes. It varies by company, but Adobe and Microsoft offer significant student discounts. Order from the company's website, or any educational reseller (go to www.journeyed.com/tccta, select ACC). Proof of enrollment might be required.
You can also get a free 30-day trial of any Adobe product from www.adobe.com. These trials are fully functional, and can be used during online classes, or for homework during a classroom course.