The Department Web Framework is a free service provided by the Marketing & Communications team in the UW College of Arts and Sciences.  We design and build websites for A&S departments, so they can focus on writing and editing the content.  Learn more about the features of these sites

The framework service is currently available to departments in all divisions: Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.  If your department is interested in this service, (1) contact Shane Fricks to learn about the timing of our expansion and (2) install Google Analytics on your current site so we can track usage patterns and make better decisions about how to organize your new site. What if I'm not eligible?

New Feature: Canvas Syllabus Descriptions

A few weeks ago, the Arts & Sciences web team announced that we would be integrating department websites with the Canvas Learning Management System so that the Canvas Syllabus Descriptions would show on the websites' course detail pages. This feature went live today, so users will notice the longer descriptions being included on those pages when they are available. The old custom description still appears as "Additional Details."

Next Department Web Framework users meeting: focus on courses

Our fall quarter Department Web Framework users group will be Tuesday, October 25, from 2:00-3:00pm in CMU 202 (Simpson Center conference room).

This quarter’s topic will be courses:

  • Lessons learned from interviews and usability tests with students
  • Recent changes to course features on Department Web Framework sites
  • How to manage your department’s course descriptions through Canvas
  • Other questions and concerns regarding managing course information or advertising courses

Hope you can join us!

School of Art + Art History + Design joins the Department Web Framework

UW School of Art + Art History + Design

The School of Art + Art History + Design has a new website! Visit it at This was the culmination of a year-long collaboration between the School and the Arts & Sciences web team. Annabelle Gould, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Design, created a custom visual design. Although it looks very different on the surface, the site shares the same functionality and infrastructure as our other Department Web Framework sites.


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