Digital graphic design training

Web design Primer course

ShinyLayers design course: course objectives


This Web design Primer course introduces the fundamental concepts, tools, and learning paths for web design. Our instructor explains what it means to be a web designer, the various areas of specialization, and explores multiple software packages to code and design with you. We aim at turning this alphabet soup of technologies into a well structured foundation in web design.


Course Objectives

Targeted towards beginners, this course aims to master the foundations of web design.

4 main objectives:

Understand how the web is myriad of cooperating technologies: know the components and interactions .
Learn the basics of designing, coding, imagery, scripting.
Analyze and make critical assessments on different web approaches.
Ability in choosing the right software tools for the different web design jobs.


Computer literacy is required.
Contact your instructor for more details on software and hardware requirements.

Web design Primer course outline

Intro: Design at the heart of communication.
Web clients and servers.
Exploring HTTP.
How browsers work.
Structuring HTML.
Controlling presentations with CSS.
Scripting with Java-script.
Dealing with data.
Working with a content management system (like Joomla, WordPress or Drupal).
Using cloud services.
Understanding how the web works.
Working with clients and servers.
The DNS and why it matters.
Internet protocols.
Exploring HTTP.
Anatomy of a URL.
Web standards and the W3C.
Web server basics.
Front-end design with Adobe Muse.
HTML, the language of the web.
Text editors.
Building websites without Dreamweaver.
Structuring HTML.
Controlling presentation through CSS.
Client-side scripting with Java-script.
Common image types.
What is an API?.
Web fonts.
Server-side scripting.
The importance of PHP.
Other popular server languages.
Dealing with data.
Using SQL databases.
Content management systems.
Content delivery networks.
Cloud services.
What is GitHub?
Java-script libraries.
Frameworks and grid systems.
CSS preprocessors.


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After this course

Upon completion of the Web design Primer course, perhaps you are interested in building a website with Dreamweaver or in upgrading your Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign skills:


   Dreamweaver webmaster

   Photoshop Primer

   Illustrator Primer

   InDesign Primer

ShinyLayers course completion and  graduation mark

Student reviews

"This course worked flawlessly for me. Concise and exactly what I needed. Thank you! "

"This class does a great job in explaining the core parts of the web. I wish I found this earlier as it really helps in making the right technology choices later on. "


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