Web Designer

Diploma Program – 43 Weeks


  • Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status (at least 19 and out of school for one year).
  • Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instruction.
  • An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program.


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 this program include:

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

Career Options:

  • Web Designer

Anticipated Salary:

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

Program Objective

This 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 Flash, for website designs. Students will also explore HTML and CSS for web publishing alongside essential topics, such as
accessibility standards, color, typography, and composition, as well as dig into PHP and WordPress development. Web Design graduates develop a professional design process for building a website from concept to launch.

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

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Method of Delivery

Integrated Learning System training facilitated by Academy of Learning College facilitators.

* Not all programs are offered at each location.

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.

Topics of Study

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 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.

Photoshop Basics

Learn the basics of Photoshop and get experience with hands-on projects based on real-work scenarios.

Illustrator Basics

Students will learn now to navigate and utilize Adobe Illustrator. Class projects include designing a robot, CD cover, postcard, bus advertisement, and a visual identity design.

HTML and CSS Essentials

Learn how to create websites using HTML to mark up the structure of the document and CSS to dictate how each page element should look.

Color Theory

Learn about the properties of colour, including: wavelengths, molecular construction of pigments, and RGB values on monitors. Students will also learn about practical applications like how to apply colour to typography and how to use colour effectively on screens.

Fundamentals of Typography

Explore the anatomy of the letterform through interactive lectures and hands-on projects.

Dreamweaver 1

Dreamweaver 1 provides students with a framework of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to speed up website development. Learn how to build responsive, mobile-first websites using Bootstrap 4 and Dreamweaver.

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.

Animate 1

Learn how to draw and import, organize using symbols and letters, and animate it using a range of techniques.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dynamic Web Devel w/PHP and MYSQL

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.

Job Search and Resume Writing

Learn traditional and innovative job-search techniques and resume writing skills required to gain employment in today’s competitive marketplace. The course combines theoretical, how-to information with hands-on practical applications.

Office Procedures Level 1

This course will explore important office procedures, such as basic banking, records management, postal and courier services, telephone and fax services, dealing with the public, and using the Internet to research information.

Punctuation and Writing Skills

Learn punctuation rules, commonly misspelled and confusing words, English grammar, and elements of effective writing style.

Workplace Success/Intrapreneurship

Explore the essential tools to be successful in today’s workplace environment. The course combines theoretical, how-to information, with practical applications.

Introduction to Keyboarding

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

Students will increase key recognition and build confidence using the keyboard, while improving speed and accuracy.

Thought Patterns for High Performance

An educational process designed to expose students to concepts that can significantly change their lives. It is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success.

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