Web design and development programs will become more or less the standard in program naming for most schools, to fully convey the idea that their programs are full-scoped education on the process.
Traditionally, web design is a term that applies to the front-end of web design; the part of the website that is visual to the end user while web development refers to all of the bells and whistles hidden in the website’s programming that allows the user to, well, use the site.
Web design and development is an all-inclusive term in the industry, referring to both the front-end aesthetics of design and the back-end coding required to build web platforms and user interfaces. Web design schools like California College in San Diego are starting to now announce their “new” programs, offering full Bachelor of Science degrees in Web Design and Development.
While some outside of the profession might view this as a consequential shift and nit-picking, it might be important to the success of a web design school. Modern, tech-savvy students will be more likely to take interest in schools that show, right away with course titles, that they are offering an inclusive degree program in design and development. They know the difference between web design and web development. (Many learn some of the skills needed before reaching the high school grade levels.)
What does one learn in web design and development schools? Everything they need to know to build an entire website, from the ground up. Not only will a great web design school teach the professional skills of business, but the software, languages, and concepts for front and back-end web design.