Online users say a website’s design is the number one criteria for deciding whether a company is credible or not, according to recent research. Understanding what it takes to produce effective web design is essential in today’s market of highly saturated digital competition.
   Discover the basics of web design using HTML and CSS. The No prior knowledge of HTML or web design is required. Throughout the course you will get the info you need to plan and design effective web pages. Come away knowing how to implement web pages by writing HTML and CSS code. And discover ways to enhance web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, and images.

One-month, Tonya D. Wright, instructor

 outlineCourse Outline

Unit 1
The Principles of Web Design
  • Plan the Structure of a Website / File Management
  • Target your audience
  • Designing Effective Web Layout and Navigation
Unit 2
Structure vs Presentation
  • Introduction to HTML5 Basic Markup
  • Introduction to CSS3 - Linking and Embedding Stylesheets
Unit 3
Web Graphics and Content
  • Understanding web graphics
  • Acquiring images / Copyright law and graphics on the web
  • Optimizing images
  • Adding images to your web page
Unit 4
Publishing Your Site
  • Domain Name Registration / Hosting Services
  • Finding the appropriate Hosting space
  • Publishing Website Using FTP-Client

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings

  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides

  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned

  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):

Advanced Web Design
June 3 - 28
August 5 - 30
November 4 - 29

Intermediate Web Design
May 6 - 31
July 1 - 26
October 7 - November 1

Introduction to Web Design
June 3 - 28
September 3 - 28

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$595.0000 USD
$245 USD

Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor


Tonya D. Wright is an accomplished web designer and programmer with 15 years of experience in web design and leading teams developing new media marketing. She served as senior graphic designer for Habitat for Humanity International, and is currently Manager of Digital Development Services for Columbus State University.  Ms. Wright is also a corporate training consultant and directs a virtual team of multimedia developers, video producers, and graphic designers for a variety of consulting projects for her own design firm.

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

To assist students in learning:
  • The principles of an effective web site
  • How toplan an organized web layout using web safe colors, and fonts within a proper file management structure.  
  • Basic HTML and CSS execution
  • Web graphics optimization
  • How to optimize images for the Web and understand file formats.
  • How to effectively launch webpages to the Internet through an FTP client

  • The process of acquiring a domain name and hosting service.

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

At the end of the course you will:
  • Understand the principles of creating an effective web page, including an in-depth consideration of information architecture.
  • Be familiar with graphic design principles that relate to web design and learn how to implement these theories into practice.
  • Learn the language of the web: HTML and CSS.
  • Know how to identify the most common types of Web graphic files and how they are optimized for Web presentation.
  • Be able to select appropriate Website design and development software.
Completion Requirements