By DeVry University
April 20, 2023
8 min read
April 20, 2023
8 min read
If you’re tech-savvy and have a passion for design and all things creative, you may be interested in learning how to become a web designer. Pursuing a career as a web designer requires a mixture of creativity, training, technical skills and soft skills.
In this article, we'll define web design, discuss the web designer’s duties and responsibilities, explore some of the skills you may need to become a web designer and discuss the education and experience typically required to enter this field. Whether you're just starting the process of becoming a web designer or an experienced professional looking to carve a new path, read on for useful insights and guidance to help you prepare to pursue a career in this vibrant field.
Selecting color schemes, typography and other design elements to create a cohesive look and feel that conforms with the client’s established brand standards.
Coding the website using HTML, CSS and other programming languages to ensure that it’s functional and responsive on different devices.
Designing graphics, icons, buttons, controls and visual elements that complement the website’s content.
Creating wireframes and mock-ups of the site for client approval.
Testing the site’s functionality.
Fixing or removing functionality issues, such as dead links, as well as other de-bugging tasks.
Maintaining the website’s content over time to ensure that it remains relevant and up to date.
Focus on web design: Our program is specifically designed to teach a wide range of skills that you’ll need to create visually appealing and user-friendly websites and provides a place to explore and practice applying fundamental concepts related to visual design. Coursework also helps you better understand web technologies and development practices like user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, as well as techniques related to the design and production of animation within web applications.
Technical skills: Our undergraduate certificate also covers several technical skills that are essential for web design, including programming languages like HTML5 and CSS3, and key software applications like Adobe Creative Cloud. You’ll learn to evaluate code to ensure that it’s valid, accessible and properly structured.
Portfolio development: Throughout the program, you will have the chance to complete several hands-on projects that can be added to your web design portfolio. These projects can be useful in demonstrating your abilities to potential employers.
Prepare to pursue Adobe certification: The program curriculum also includes concepts covered by the Adobe® Certified Professional (ACP) exam2 and may help you hone your skills in software such as Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign.
Flexibility: 100% online learning can provide you with the flexibility and convenience to pursue your education on a schedule that works for you.
Our Undergraduate Certificate in Web Design can be completed in as little as 1 year, or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.* Our Admissions Representatives can help you determine what transfer credits may qualify. Refer to our Program Guide for more detailed information.
2Adobe Certification Programs, Adobe.com, https://learning.adobe.com/certification.html. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
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