What are the 5 Best Courses for Web Design?
If you have a strong creative spark, a keen eye and a passion for websites… a career as a web designer may be the perfect choice for you!
A web designer is someone who works on both new and existing websites and applications to make sure they not only look good, but are also user friendly. A designer will not only need to be able to code, but also use graphic design packages to create engaging buttons, background images and icons.
Many people get web design and web development confused. Web design is focused on the customer experience (i.e. the ‘front-end) while web development focuses on the code behind the scenes that the website needs to be able to function (i.e. the ‘back-end’).
The great thing about web design as a career is that it is incredibly versatile. You can decide to work inhouse in the private or public sector, as a web designer for an agency, or even choose to go freelance. You will also learn a range of useful skills that you can apply to other professions, like game development, digital marketing, server administration or graphic design.
If you’ve decided that web designing is the perfect choice for you, there are a variety of different courses you can enrol on to take the first steps towards a career in web design. With many of them, you do not need any previous experience or specific qualifications to sign up, meaning that you can get started straight away!
Here are five of the best web design courses available, and how they will help to boost your career.
1. HTML essentials
Hypertext markup language (or HTML for short) is used to create web pages. Tags are wrapped around content to determine how it needs to be ordered, and where tables, images, videos and documents need to be placed. It’s a relatively easy language to learn and is an excellent place to start your web design career.
Our HTML essentials course will give you a knowledge of HTML that you can apply to your web design career and use alongside other coding languages (more on that later).
Plus as the course only requires between five to ten hours of study time, you can easily complete it in a couple of days, fitting it in around your current employment.
2. CSS essentials
Like HTML, CSS is a fundamental coding language that you will use as a web designer. While HTML is used to determine how content and information will be set out, cascading style sheets (CSS) will determine how the content will be styled.
Think of HTML as a person’s head, and CSS as the different types of hats the head can wear! You can style the same HTML content in a variety of ways, all by using a range of style sheets.
We offer a short CSS essentials course that will introduce you to how CSS works and is used, and how you can use it alongside HTML to create a variety of beautifully styled web pages.
3. Adobe Dreamweaver
When you are building a website, you will need a web development tool to help you create and maintain your code, as well as test it for errors. Adobe Dreamweaver is one of the most popular tools around.
Our Adobe Dreamweaver course will show you how to use this tool to create well-designed, fully functional and attractive websites. It also proves to future employees that you are fully invested in web design and committed to personal development, increasing the odds of you getting the web design role of your dreams.
You don’t need any qualifications to take the Adobe Dreamweaver course, but we’d recommend having a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS before you begin.
4. Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator will help you to create beautiful icons, buttons and imagery for any websites you make.
Imagery is vital for any website, with 60% of customers stating they are more likely to consider a business when a relevant image shows up in their search results. Not only will strong imagery help you to stand out in a crowded marketplace, but it will help improve conversions on your website too.
This course is ideal for anyone looking to move into web design, and is also an excellent option for people looking to start a career in graphic design too.
5. Adobe Photoshop
If you are designing a website with a lot of photos – for example, an eCommerce site with many products to promote, you will need a high-quality editing tool to make sure the images look good.
Adobe Photoshop is the world’s best-known photo editing tool, giving users a wide range of options to optimise, touch up and generally make photos look more enticing!
This course will introduce you to Photoshop, explain how the different tools can be used and show you how you can not only edit photos, but create stunning logos and imagery too.
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If you want to get started with a brand new career in web design, these five courses are an excellent starting point!
The great thing is that they can all be completed online, meaning that you can fit your online learning around your current job or childcare commitments. Plus with 0% finance available, we can help you to get started in your web design career sooner rather than later!