Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Multimedia and Web Development, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Daisyane Barreto

This 18 credit hour graduate certificate program in Multimedia and Web Development (MWD) is designed to meet the needs of professionals who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills of designing and developing dynamic, interactive multimedia, 3 dimensional (3D) digital content such as virtual reality (VR) and publishing them on various media platforms. The certificate program serves individuals (K-12 educators, corporate trainers, etc.) who do not wish to earn a Master of Science degree but desire to expand their knowledge and skills in designing and developing dynamic and engaging multimedia content for multiple devices/media outlets using the latest authoring and publishing tools and web programming technologies.

Advancement in digital communications, online learning, virtual reality, learning with multimedia agents, mobile and web marketing, social media, and content management systems have created a demand for educators, content developers, communication professionals among many others to have a much broader knowledge of multimedia design principles and development skills. Instructional designers, web designers, content developers, e-book writers and creators of other multimedia content have to respond to the needs of developing digital content that is dynamic, interactive and engaging without adding to the cognitive load of the viewers. The Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development responds to this need by providing a foundation in interactive digital content creation and enhancing professional expertise in today’s high-tech communication environment.

Certificate Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of instructional design models/principles
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of interactive technologies and software for dynamic multimedia development, authoring, screen/sound recording, and presentations
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of software for developing dynamic online, simulation, and game based content
  4. Demonstrate the ability to write technical content for interactive multimedia, virtual, and gaming technologies
  5. Demonstrate the ability to present solutions to clients using interactive multimedia and video technology
  6. Design and develop interactive multimedia content in 3D, gaming, and online environments
  7. Design and develop interfaces for static and dynamic multimedia content
  8. Design and develop interactive multimedia with SMEs, clients, and on teams
  9. Design and develop interactive multimedia in budget and on-time
  10. Determine resources needed, costs, and timeframes for design and development projects
  11. Describe the production process of interactive multimedia, web, and video based development for computer and mobile applications

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate certificate in multimedia and web development must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution based on a four-year program, and have a strong overall academic record with a “B” average or better in the basic courses required in the area of the proposed certificate program.

To apply for admission to the graduate Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development you must submit the following:

  1. An application for admission to the graduate school (https://www.uncw.edu/gradschool/prospective.html);
  2. Official transcripts of all prior univerisity or college coursework (undergraduate and graduate);
  3. Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields; and
  4. A professional resume and personal statement describing reasons for pursuing the Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development
  5. International students: TOEFL minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based exam, 197 on the computer-based exam, or 525 on the paper-based exam. Scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted.

*GRE/MAT tests are not required for admission into any MIT certificate program.

Students may transfer up to 9 semester hours as a non-degree student at UNCW toward this certificate program.

Individuals who fall short of one of these criteria may be admitted if other factors indicate potential for success. The courses in this certificate program are all project-based with individual and team collaboration. There is close mentoring from faculty in the hands-on design of online courses. These factors help in the successful completion of the program.


Students entering the certificate program must demonstrate basic technology skills. Students entering the program with very little or no computing experience will be required to take EDN 303, Instructional Technology, or pass the performance competencies test for basic technology skills.

Policies Governing Certificate Admission Criteria and Subsequent Admission to Graduate Degree Programs

The certificate admission criteria and policies governing the relation of certificates to graduate degree programs include the following:

  1. Non-degree UNCW graduate students who wish to pursue the certificate program must apply for admission to the program before 10 approved credits are completed.
  2. No transfer credit from another institution will be counted toward the completion of the certificate program with the exception of courses offered as part of an agreement between the certificate program and collaborating institutions.
  3. A certificate graduate student may enroll on either a part-time or a full-time basis.

Certificate Requirements (18 Credit Hours)

The program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

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