The Professional Certificate program focuses on visual design fundamentals, software, and standards-based Web page coding in HTML and CSS, including HTML5 and CSS3. Your Web design portfolio at the end of the certificate program will include published Web sites that showcase your front-end visual designs and your coding skills.
The goal of the Web Design Certificate program is to prepare you for a professional career as a Web designer. In the program, you will develop the technical, creative/visual, and communication skills for entry-level professional work.
- Digital Imaging
- Your work will demonstrate entry-level professional Photoshop skills and effective decisions in selecting and editing images. You will be able to improve images for professional publication by retouching and correction, and create realistic or imaginative images by compositing or collage.
- You will develop distinctive color palettes based on the principles of color harmony. Your work will exhibit a sophisticated use of color and contrast, the ability to research colors and make choices that are appropriate for each client and project. Web Scripting
- You will be able to create standards-compliant Web page layouts by hand-coding using HTML and CSS and publish them to the Web. You can create fixed and fluid multi-column page layouts using basic HTML to organize information and CSS to control presentation.
- You will be able to research and select appropriate typefaces and design typography to support the branding or communication goal of a particular client or project. You will demonstrate the ability to organize text into a clear, readable information hierarchy in page layouts while using display type for impact and expression.
- Web Editor
- You will be able to design professional-level, valid HTML Web sites using Dreamweaver and publish them to the Web. You can create consistent, visually appealing page designs using CSS to control presentation (typography, color, layout, and positioning).
- Web Design
- You will use a professional design process for Web design including competitive research, mood boards, site maps and wireframes, color design and imagery, development of CSS layouts, and basic usability testing. Your work shows the ability to design professional-level Web page layouts with attention to usability principles: consistent navigation, clear visual hierarchy, and intuitive interface design.
- Photoshop Basics
- Color Theory
- HTML and CCS Essentials
- Fundamentals of Typography
- Web Design I
This program consists of seven required modules. Module descriptions are as follows:
- Adobe Photoshop is the premiere image manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography. It’s a must-know if you’re planning to work with photos or design projects at any level.
- This six-lesson course starts you off with the basics of the Photoshop interface and quickly gets you working on hands-on projects based on real-world design scenarios. You’ll learn to choose and use the best techniques for common Photoshop jobs including selecting and isolating objects, creating image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting typography, and improving images with retouching and effects.
- You can learn to tame this creative powerhouse of a program. Working with course developer Andrew Shalat’s stunning images and your own photos, you’ll discover how to create sophisticated graphics with surprisingly simple techniques and an efficient imaging workflow. Master the technical fundamentals to unleash your creativity as an artist or designer.
- Color is probably the most relative medium in art. Each color has a specific property, whether it’s the particular wavelength in optical perception, the molecular construction of pigments or an RGB value for a monitor. Though each of those properties may be fixed, the expression and perception of a color may change within different contexts.
- Understanding color requires that you understand its systems, interaction—even a bit of physics and psychology! This course deals with the abstract language of color. We’ll discuss basic color principles, terminology, and applications, with an emphasis on manipulating color. This course also deals with practical application of color, from applying color legibly to typography to using color effectively on-screen.
HTML and CSS Essentials
- Sound challenging? Fear not, because learning to write code for the Web has never been easier or more fun. In this six-lesson course, you’ll learn to create Web sites—using HTML to mark up the structure of the document, and CSS to dictate how each page element should look. You will also learn to expand on the basics with cutting-edge HTML5 and CSS3.
- Course lessons are packed with hands-on examples that help you gain skills and confidence step-by-step. You’ll begin by mastering the basics of HTML markup and how to structure HTML5 pages. You’ll also learn how to create HTML tables and add multimedia with HTML5. Then you’ll learn to translate your page structure into visual designs that use CSS for typography and positioning. The course wraps up with a look at Web forms, CSS-based navigation, and special CSS3 visual effects.
Fundamentals of Typography
- Typography is what sets designers apart from other artists. In visual communication, typography must be integrated (every last loop, bowl, and descender) into a total design.
- In this 3-lesson course, you’ll explore the anatomy of the letterform. Through interactive lectures and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to classify typefaces and use them creatively.
- Understanding the fundamentals of typography will give your work power, eloquence, and beauty.
- Adobe Dreamweaver is the preferred HTML editor of professional Web designers. Dreamweaver integrates a host of design tools in one easy-to-use application. Without advanced HTML and CSS knowledge, you can design sophisticated sites, creating advanced responsive layouts by using Cascading Style Sheets, typography, colors, fluid grids, data tables, jQuery navigation bars, and more.
- This intensive 6-lesson training course guides you through Adobe’s leading-edge Web editor, taking you from absolute beginner to intermediate level. Practical projects help you build a portfolio of Web pages that demonstrate your skills.
Web Design I
- To design today’s Web sites, you need a complete skillset. It’s not enough to simply develop a visual design. Clients expect you to be able to research, plan, build, design, and test a site, using contemporary technologies and design styles.
- In this course, you’ll learn a systematic professional approach to Web design. You’ll use site maps, wireframes, HTML/CSS layouts, comps, color palettes, usability tests, and other tools and concepts to make sure your designs hit the mark.
- Students entering this class are expected to have a basic competence in HTML/CSS design, Photoshop or Fireworks, and Dreamweaver. Building upon those skills, students will complete four portfolio projects that challenge their Web design skills and build an understanding of how to manage Web design projects in a professional context.
- Class projects include: information architecture, competitive analysis, wifeframes, layouts, mood boards, color palettes, usability testing, designing for blogs, and portfolio design.
- A Windows-based or Macintosh computer that meets manufacturers’ requirements for required software in the program.
- Access to the Internet
- Adobe Photoshop CS6 or CC
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 or CC
- An account with an ad-free Web hosting service. The HTML and CSS Essentials course will provide information to help you meet this requirement if you do not already.
- Program Concentrations may involve additional requirements.
*SOFTWARE IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THIS PROGRAM.*
*Upon registering, you’re given an initial 24 weeks to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the 24 weeks, extensions of $25 per month are available. Students using VA benefits should refer to the Military page of our site to review the differences between online program access and VA rates of pursuit.