Course Code: GES517
Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large corporate software rollouts. She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.
There are no prerequisites to take this course. You should be familiar with personal computers and have an interest in technology and web design.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. Manuals are included as downloadable PDFs throughout the course.
Adobe software titles are available as:
Information on the Creative Cloud is available here: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
Information on all pricing is available here: https://creative.adobe.com/plans
Check if you are eligible for student pricing on the Creative Cloud package: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/store/html/index.cfm?event=displayEduConditions&store=OLS-EDU&nr=1
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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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Web designers work both independently and with others on a variety of day-to-day tasks and projects. Teamwork, relationship building, a solid skill set, and attention to detail are all keys to success. Typically web designers work in a traditional office setting, though more and more web designers work remotely. Web designers can be employees, freelance or contract workers, or self-employed individuals who own their own businesses. Specifics really depend on the company or institution's size, work culture, and objectives.
The terms "web design" and "web development" are frequently used interchangeably. However, in strict usage, web design refers to the visual elements of the site such as layout and images. Web development is the process of making the website using programming languages. When you enroll in the Web Design Professional course, you don't need to worry about the difference, because our course covers it all.
You need formal web design training because it is important to have websites that look good and work properly no matter how they are accessed by the public. Helping an organization reach their target audience means giving that audience information and resources whether they are sitting in front of a computer at home or visiting a website on their phone while on the go. While a lot of the technical aspects of website design can be learned on-the-job or in a self-taught manner, understanding the principles of good website design as well as techniques for making your company stand out will help you produce better products, provide more opportunities and help you land more jobs and/or clients in the future.
A good web designer understands what looks good visually, but also what works functionally. You need to be able to effectively use design software like Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator as well as write code in HTML and CSS. You'll also need to understand user experience (UX) and how to design a site that encourages users to take certain actions like requesting information or completing surveys based on the goals of your organization. Finally, you'll need to understand SEO and how to integrate marketing and social media into your site for maximum visibility.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lumps web designers and web developers under the same category of "web developer" and it shows the median salary of a web developer is currently just under $68,000 per year. This salary can vary widely depending on your experience level, education, location and the type of organization you work for. The highest paying markets for web designers / web developers are Washington, District of Columbia, Virginia, California, and New York.
Yes, web designers are in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for web designers / web developers is very good. Employment is projected to grow by 15% through 2026 which is considered much faster than average. Growth in jobs will be driven by ecommerce and the ever-increasing use of mobile devices.
The hours of web designers vary depending on the volume of work. Typically, you will work a normal Monday through Friday, 9-5, but this can change quite a bit if you are coming up on a deadline or working on a very large project. Your hours can also be affected if you decide to go into business for yourself as this could mean that you choose when you want to work as it fits within your lifestyle.
Because our world is one that does business online, web designers can literally work for any company in any industry. According to the BLS, 1 in 6 currently are self-employed. Your specific work environment will depend in some ways on your employer — you could be required to come on-site and work in an office every day, or you may be able to work remotely from home. Regardless of your physical location, you can be sure that you will spend the majority of your time in front of a computer screen in this role.
These classes were great and helped me to get a better understanding of Web Design. The presentations are well put together."
This was my first online class, and I loved the online format of the course! It saved an enormous amount of commuting time and cost (more time to spend on the course instead of on the road or the train!) The online course format was very clear. The teachers were very helpful in getting back to me quickly with answers to my questions. Same for the tech people when I needed them!"
I've never taken an online course before. The Web Design Professional course calmed my fears and exceeded my expectations! The subject matter covered was quite extensive. I learned so much and never had any problems with access to the instructors or with technical difficulties."
The web design professional course has helped me to completely understand the structure and functionality of web sites. I'm excited to use my new skills and excel in my career."
This program was great! As a self-paced course you are really learning at your speed and the quality of the course is second to none!"
Would recommend this training to everyone who wants to become a web designer!"
You can teach an old dog new tricks! I have been a professional graphic designer for 32 years, but until now I could not design a web page."
The Web Design Professional Course has given me the confidence to start my own business. I look forward to using my new web designs skills to gain exposure online."
This course does a nice job of exposing you to all the software and skills you need for getting started in web design and development and the final project lets you put it all into practice."
I was intimidated by web design and was scared I wouldn't understand it. But these classes were easy to follow every step of the way. I got more value out of this course than wasting thousands of dollars going to university or college."