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Web Design Certificate

The goal of this Web Design course is to teach students the fundamentals of design and to have them apply those principles to a series of Web-based projects which culminate for the successful student in an engaging and professional-looking website. The course will introduce students to state-of-the-art tools and expose them to current techniques, practices and trends.

This Web Design course is intended for those new to and those with some experience in Web Design.


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Prerequisite Skills Assessment

Interested students must submit an online Skills Assessment that tests their Language, Computer, Reading Comprehension, and Math skills. For further information and instructions, click here. pdf_icon

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the course take to complete?
Approximately nine months. Successful students will progress through four modules of varying length with approximately one week break between modules. Modules must be taken in order and are not available as separate classes.

Is this one course, or a series of courses?
This is one course with one price, composed of four distinct, but related modules.

What are the four course modules?

The four modules are:

Module 1 – Discovery

This module exposes students to design principles, usability, the Web development process and file basics. Learn how to scope a project, design applying usability-based ideas and create assets for your sites, including logos and other content. This module lays the foundation for the entire course.

Module 2 – Design

Begin implementing the design principles learned in Module 1 to Web page layout. This is accomplished through a demonstrated ability to code in HTML and CSS. Be exposed to HTML5 and CSS3 as standards on which to build responsive pages, using semantic markup and styling.

Module 3 – Development

Though HTML and CSS provide the foundation for much of the Web, modern websites interactively engage visitors. In this module, use JavaScript to provide such interactivity. Learn vanilla JavaScript, the use of libraries like jQuery and MooTools, become proficient with REST and AJAX, and learn to build with performance in mind.

Module 4 – Deployment

Design can capture visitors’ attention, but the Web currently hosts millions of sites. Therefore, successful Web designers must also be adept with industry tools and practices such as search engine optimization and Web analytics to drive traffic to their sites. Learn CMS basics, how to use version control for your code and gain confidence in committing changes to public repositories.

Is this a Web development class?
No. This is a Web Design course. Web development is a completely different field. The course has a development module because even though its objectives are design-centric, every good, modern Web designer must understand, possess and use a limited amount of development skills. This module exposes students to those fields using JavaScript.

What software tools will be taught or used?
The Adobe Creative Suite will be the primary tool. Programs include Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash. The course will rely more heavily on some of these tools than others, and the prospective student should not expect to proficiently master these packages.

Another tool used in this class is Firebug, which the course teaches as a debugging package.

Students are expected to use HTML and CSS as foundational tools, and JavaScript to add interactivity to their pages. To a lesser extent, the students are expected to use a basic level of Flash. Further, the course will expose the students to HTML5.

What is the cost?
The cost of the program is $5,699.00.  There are additional expenses for books and CS6 software that may be purchased at the KSU Center Bookstore.

Are there prerequisites?
Successful students must have Internet access and must be proficient in navigating on a PC. Students not comfortable in navigating the file system, screens, and keyboard shortcuts of common PC use may fall quickly behind.

To give students, and us, an indication of their readiness, we require that those interested in enrolling in the course complete an online prerequisite assessment and short application. Further instructions can be found here. pdf_icon

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