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Web Design Certificate  

This course is approved for VA Education Benefits.

Unleash your creativity and gain invaluable career training in the high-demand field of web design. With projections of a 20% job increase through 2020, along with potential six-figure salaries (Bureau of Labor Statistics), this intensive nine-month course will instill you with the integral design principles and industry tools to put you at the forefront of technology. This is achieved by mastering and executing the following four modules:

Module 1 Discovery

This foundational module will expose students to design principles, usability, the Web development process and file basics. You will learn how to scope a project, design applying usability-based ideas and create assets for your sites, including logos and other content. Additionally, an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will provide the essential knowledge needed to begin producing website designs.

Module 2 Design

Students will begin applying design principles learned in Module 1 to Web page layout. Multiple design ideas and complete website designs will be accomplished through the practices learned in Module 1. Designing for multiple screens and further design theory will be discussed concerning how to produce elements as designers specifically for the web. Students will continue to improve design skills and generate working design comps through group and individual projects, and introduce Dreamweaver into the workflow.

Module 3 Development

Though HTML and CSS provide the foundation for much of the Web, modern websites interactively engage visitors. In this module, students will use JavaScript to provide such interactivity. Students will also learn vanilla JavaScript and use libraries like JQuery and MooTools, as well as PHP for building functionality into websites.

Module 4 Deployment

Design can captures a visitor’s attention, but successful Web designers must also be adept with industry tools and practices such as search engine optimization (SEO) and Web analytics to drive traffic to their sites. Students will learn CMS basics, how to use version control for their code and gain confidence in committing changes to public repositories.

Textbooks are required at the first class meeting and are available at the KSU Center bookstore. Internet access is also required.

Prerequisite: Complete Skills Assessment and submit Program Application. Students must have working knowledge of computers, especially Windows.

Skills Assessment & Program Application are located online. Click for instructions. You will be directed to the program application after completing the Skills Assessment.

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