Web Designer

Diploma Program – 43 Weeks

Career Options:

  • Web Designer

Anticipated Salary:

$37,000 – $67,000
Information from PayScale Canada

Career Options:

  • Web Designer

Anticipated Salary:

$37,000 – $67,000
Information from PayScale Canada

Program Highlights

Recent studies indicate that strong growth in Web design jobs, particularly in the consulting sector, is expected over the next few years. Career opportunities that will allow students to communicate and captivate with the skills learned in the Web Designer program include:

  • Web Designer
  • Web Site Developer
  • Internet Site Designer
  • Intranet Site Designer

The Web Designer diploma program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to build a Web Design foundation,  learn industry-standard software programs, and produce a well rounded and exciting portfolio. Students learn how to plan and design compelling and interactive websites and learn to use industry-related programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Animate for website designs. Students will also explore HTML and CSS for Web publishing, alongside essential topics such as accessibility standards, color, typography, composition. Web Design graduates develop a professional design process for building a Web site, from concept to launch.

Duties and responsibilities for a Web Designer may include:

  • Presenting creative ideas
  • Assessing client and end-user needs
  • Consulting with IT professionals to determine how best to incorporate a website into existing frameworks
  • Designing the typography, layout, look, and feel of web pages
  • Designing and incorporating graphics and interactive elements
  • Sourcing, selecting and organizing information for inclusion in a website
  • Testing website functionality
  • Updating web content and maintaining websites

Program Notes

Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.

* Not all programs are offered at each location.

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Topics of Study

Color Theory

The Color Theory course focuses on developing appropriate color systems for graphic design projects. These projects explore the principles, terminology, and applications of color theory, with an emphasis on manipulating color. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the expression and perception of color, and color interaction, which lends credibility and sophistication to a designer’s work.

Web Portfolio Design

Web Portfolio Design course provides students with the opportunity to build an online portfolio for future employers and clients. Students learn how to identify their strengths and weaknesses as a designer and select works that best showcase their talents. This course consists of three lessons. Each lesson is divided into a lecture and an exercise.

Photoshop Basics

This Photoshop Basics 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. In this course, students learn how to make high-quality selections and edits, and develop an efficient imaging workflow.

Fundamentals of Typography

In the Fundamentals of Typography course, you’ll explore the anatomy of the letter form. 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.

Illustrator Basics

In the Illustrator Basics course, you’ll build a solid foundation in Adobe Illustrator, learning from a master teacher. You’ll start with a tour of important menus, tools, and panels, then explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool (a lesson unto itself) as well as transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes.

Web 101

In the Web 101 course, students explore a wide variety of Web-based terms and technologies, including Web 2.0, social networking, blogging, domain names, and more, picking up concepts they need to know in making today’s Web technologies more interactive. Students explore the technical fundamentals of editing and uploading Web pages and gain an insight into online marketing and search engine optimization. By the end of the course, students will have launched a Web site and gained a basic grasp of how to use Web tools to make your content more interactive and reach your site’s target audience.

Introduction to Web Design

Introduction to Web Design course provides students with the skills required to recognize and describe the fundamental aspects of Web page design. The course emphasizes a range of important factors in any Web design from identifying a site’s target market to describing interactive features, and noting the use of animation and multimedia. Through critical exposure, students analyze a variety of sites, and develop their own Web design language skills.

Web Design 1

In the Web Design 1 course, you’ll learn a systematic professional approach to Web design. You’ll use site maps, wire-frames, HTML/CSS layouts, comps, color palettes, usability tests, and other tools and concepts to make sure your designs hit the mark. Students 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.

WordPress Development

In the WordPress Development course students learn how to develop Web sites that take advantage of the power, versatility, and community of WordPress. Students start with the basics of WordPress navigation and interface, then they open the hood, learning the anatomy of WordPress themes and how to make their own. Students also explore child themes, functions, hooks, filters, plugins, widgets, custom post types, and more, all with one big goal in mind: learning the techniques and tools essential to developing excellent WordPress sites.

Information Design 1

In the Information Design 1 course, you’ll learn systematic techniques for each stage of the Web site design process. You’ll learn how user demographics, competitive critiques, feature lists, site maps, and wire-frames are  used in information design.

HTML and CSS Essentials

In the HTML and CSS Essentials course, 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.

Dreamweaver 1

Dreamweaver 1 course helps students develop practical skills for the HTML editor of choice for professional Web designers. Dreamweaver combines a host of Web design tools in one easy-to-use application. Without any advanced HTML knowledge, students learn to design sites by creating advanced layouts using CSS to manipulating colors, typography, and page layout.

Dreamweaver 2

Dreamweaver 2 teaches students powerful features that lie just below the surface in Dreamweaver, including precision layouts through Cascading Style Sheets, templates and asset management, and even the ability to create high-end interactive features without wading through reams of code. Each hands-on lesson and exercise combines upper-level Dreamweaver technology with visual Web design know-how.

Dynamic Web Development with PHP

In the Dynamic Web Development with PHP course, you’ll learn how to develop dynamic Web site features using PHP and MySQL. Working step-by-step, you’ll learn how to: set up and configure a Web site and development site for PHP development; design and build a MySQL database and write basic SQL queries; write basic PHP scripts to collect and process information from forms, troubleshoot and fix common PHP scripting errors; write scripts to store information in a database; and display dynamic information on multiple pages within a site.

Adobe Animate

In this course, students explore how to use Adobe Animate, Adobe’s successor to its popular Flash product. In this course students will get a thorough, hands-on intro to Animate, learning to draw and import artwork, organize it using symbols and layers, and animate it using a range of techniques from basic tweening to frame-by-frame animation. This course will challenge students to create exciting projects including an animated character, a storyboard and an instructional video.

JavaScript for Designers

In the JavaScript for Designers course, you’ll learn the basics of JavaScript programming with techniques aimed at visually oriented designers. To do it, the essentials of JavaScript are covered along with designer-friendly jQuery to make writing JavaScript easier and way more fun. You’ll begin with the basics of setup and syntax to get your footing, then build up to exciting and complex dynamic features.

Microsoft Access Level 1

The Microsoft Access Level 1 course teaches students the fundamentals of the Microsoft Access application. In this course, students examine database objects and learn to manage data in a database. They learn to sort and filter data, display and format data, and use simple queries to retrieve data. Students learn to create and modify databases and tables, and work with simple forms and reports.

Microsoft Word Level 1

In Microsoft Word Level 1 course, students learn to create, navigate, and organize documents and use the help functions. They learn to edit and manipulate text, view and format documents, and use Word’s predefined functions. Students use the Find and Replace feature, use proofing and language tools, create, format and modify tables, work with hyperlinks and cross references, and learn how to preview and print a document.

Internet Fundamentals

The Internet Fundamentals course explores the various components of the Internet using Microsoft Internet Explorer. Students are oriented to common procedures used to maximize successful use of the Internet and all its features. They learn how to customize the Internet Explorer browser, and examine the Web, e-mail, blogs, discussion groups, social media, chatting, multimedia and other web technologies.

Personal Computer Fundamentals

In this course, students learn about the components and basic operation of the personal computer. The content in this course is both conceptual and practical and is intended to provide students with a working knowledge of computing. Students explore hardware troubleshooting, file management, multimedia options, and browsing the Internet.

Introduction to Keyboarding

The Introduction to Keyboarding course is designed for individuals who have no formal training in keyboarding. The objective is to teach students the skill of keyboarding – essential to the learning of other computer applications and workplace skills. The course begins with an overview of the basics of computer use. Students learn about the components of the computer and keyboard, as well as the seating, posture, and hand positioning necessary for efficient keyboarding.

Keyboard Skill Building Level 1

The Keyboard Skill Building Level 1 course is designed for individuals who have basic keyboard proficiency, and wish to increase speed and dexterity. Each lesson increases key recognition and builds confidence using the keyboard, while improving speed and accuracy. Speed achieved depends on personal dexterity and time spent on practice lessons.  Upon completion of this course, students are expected to keyboard at minimum 25 words per minute.

Customer Service

This course will teach students the fundamentals of customer service, and help them to develop core competencies for providing excellent customer service. Students learn the definition of customer service, who their customers are, and how to be customer service oriented through description and examples. They learn tips for managing time and stress, communicating effectively with customers, and managing customer relationships. The course highlights being prepared, and dealing professionally with customer conflicts and complaints. It identifies common pitfalls and explains how to avoid making them. It also emphasizes the importance of gathering and responding to customer feedback, and maintaining a professional image.

Marketing and Sales

The Marketing and Sales course introduces students to the theory and application of modern Canadian marketing concepts, principles, and techniques, and examines the importance of marketing in society as well as within a company. With the objective of learning how to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy and creating loyal customers, the major components of the marketing mix are studied. The role of marketing is explored at the local, national, and international level. Both the final consumer and the business customer are considered.

Windows Level 1

This course covers the basic concepts and most commonly used features and functions of Windows 10. The course will walk you through performing basic operations such as opening applications, using Help and shutting down the computer. Additionally, you will learn to set up user accounts, create and use custom keyboard shortcuts, personalize and organize the working space, and use the Action Centre. The course will also provide you with a hands-on experience on how to connect, use and update devices, use File Explorer to manage files and folders, as well as navigate the internet using various browsers, including Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Windows Level 2

This course provides an advanced look at the Windows 10 operating system, which is a platform that builds on previous versions of Windows. In this latest version of Windows, earlier features and functionalities have been improved and new and exciting tools have been incorporated. In this course, students will learn about managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and optimizing the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Workplace Success / Intrapreneurship

Workplace Success/Intrapreneurship is an introductory course that provides students with the essential tools to be successful in today’s workplace environment. The course combines theoretical, how-to information, with practical applications. Students are required to draw on their own experiences, to research information, and to apply their knowledge to typical workplace situations. The course provides a balance of hard and soft skills. The soft skills students will develop and apply to realistic case studies include communication, writing, planning and organizing, and time manageme

Job Search and Resume Writing

Job Search and Résumé Writing provides students with both traditional and innovative job-search techniques and résumé writing skills required to gain employment in today’s competitive marketplace. The course combines theoretical, how-to information with hands-on practical applications. Students are required to draw on their own experiences to identify work preferences, accomplishments, technical and transferable skills, and to research, organize, and analyze information; and to apply their knowledge in a series of job search preparation and implementation tasks.

Thought Patterns for a Successful Career

The course is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success. The focus is on increasing the student’s self-discipline and self-esteem. The positive concepts taught in this course are intended to unleash the student’s potential for growth and creativity, resulting in personal and professional development. Humor and practical examples are used to target the primary concerns of adult students. In addition, written exercises, activities, and audiotapes provide understanding, acceptance, and reinforcement of the program material.

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