Web Design Certificate Program

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

All students who finish this program will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.

What You'll Learn

In this accelerated certificate program you will learn how to design and build a "responsive" website from scratch using Bootstrap CSS and HTML/HTML5 including preparing the user interface design in Photoshop, building standards compliant pages and publishing to a web server.

Program Description

This certificate program is the perfect way to learn professional web design using cutting-edge tools and technologies. You'll learn from an industry veteran by building an actual sample website from the ground up using best practices. This program is an engaging combination of lectures, hands-on learning and guided practice time that will guide you through the process, from designing the user interface to writing HTML and CSS and even basic search engine optimization.

The program will leverage the popular Bootstrap CSS Framework as a starting point for rapid site development and will also cover the use of Javascript and jQuery as well as how server-side programming (Ruby, PHP, etc.) fits into the web development process.

Read more about what makes our certificate programs unique.

Prerequisites

You should have a basic understanding of the web, be comfortable using Photoshop (see BDA classes on Photoshop), and be able to learn a reasonably technical skill set. This class will focus on professional web development methodologies and tools rather than relying on visual or WYSIWYG editors, a standard text editor like Notepad++ or Sublime will be used for the HTML and CSS coding. We recommend taking Web Development Fundamentals and/or Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop if you need more of the basics first. There will be ample practice time to begin designing and developing your own website if so desired. Come prepared with a concept and any graphic and content material to best make use of your time.

Equipment

BDA provides an iMac workstation when necessary, but you may prefer to bring your own computer. If you do, you will need:

  • Windows 7 or 8 or Mac OS X
  • Dreamweaver Creative Cloud
  • Photoshop Creative Cloud
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • On Windows: Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • On Mac: Safari
  • Optional: Google Chrome
  • Optional: Filezilla FTP client

After You Register

BDA is committed to making learning process as enjoyable as possible and making sure that you can focus on your learning. After you register you will be contacted by our staff who answer questions you might have and assist you with any logistical and travel concerns.

Schedule

This certificate program is offered in two formats to accommodate the busy schedules of our students; weekdays for one full week (Monday through Friday), or two evenings per week for five weeks. To see a complete description of what will be covered in each class session, please choose the schedule you prefer below.

Please choose your preferred format above to see the schedule for the program.

Weekday Format Schedule

Monday

  • 9:00am - 9:30am: Introductions
  • 9:30am - 10:00am: Present Syllabus
  • 10:00am - 11:00am: How The Web Works
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: Creating a Hosting Environment/Web Server
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: My First Web Page
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm: Website Planning and Best Practices

Tuesday

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: Introducing CSS and the Bootstrap Library
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch Break
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Building Pages with Bootstrap
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Guided Practice Time
    Work on your 5 page Bootstrap site with the instructor available to answer questions and offer guidance.

Wednesday

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: Exploring CSS Layout Techniques
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch Break
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm: Advanced CSS and Troubleshooting
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Guided Practice Time
    Explore Bootstrap and CSS layout, with the instructor available to answer questions and help you hone your troubleshooting skills!

Thursday

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: Building Out the Site
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Introduction to JavaScript and jQuery
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Search Engine Optimization and Analytics
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Polishing Your Project Website
    Work with the instructor to help polish your project and fill in any blanks in your understanding of how to build a Bootstrap-based website from scratch.

Friday

  • 9:00am - 5:00pm: Client Simulation and Bringing it All Together
    You will be presented with a simple website to build, the instructor will act as a fictional client who needs a website. We'll go over the basics of interaction with clients and doing freelance web design. The client will present you with a set of collateral. You will be asked to build out the project from scratch. The instructor will be there to assist you and answer your questions. At this point you should be able to build out the entire project in 4-5 hours.
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch Break

Evening Format Schedule

Week 1, Session 1

6pm - 7pm: Introductions
  • Present Syllabus
  • How The Web Works
7pm - 9:30pm: Hosting Environments and Web Servers
  • My First Web Page
  • Website Planning and Best Practices
  • Content Creation
  • Development Environments

Week 1, Session 2

6pm - 8:30pm: Introduction to Bootstrap
  • Understanding Bootstrap
  • Setup Bootstrap
  • Create a basic Web Page
8:30pm - 9:30pm: Practice Time

Explore Bootstrap with the instructor available to answer questions and help you hone your troubleshooting skills!

Week 2, Session 1

6pm - 9:30pm: CSS Layout Techniques
  • Basic CSS
  • CSS and Troubleshooting
  • CSS and Content Integration
  • Work on CSS instructor available to answer questions and offer guidance.

Week 2, Session 2

6pm - 9:30pm: Using CSS and Bootstrap Together
  • How CSS works in Bootstrap
  • CSS and LESS
  • Building and connecting pages
    Work on what you've learned with the instructor available to answer questions and offer guidance.

Week 3, Session 2

6pm - 8:30pm: 5 Page Bootstrap Site
  • Build a 5 page website starting from scratch
8:30pm - 9:30pm: Practice Time

Work on what you've learned with the instructor available to answer questions and offer guidance.

Week 4, Session 1

6pm - 9:30pm: Finishing your Site Up
  • Search Engine Optimization and Analytics
  • Javascript and Jquery
  • Using API's and Plugins

Week 4, Session 2

6pm - 9:30pm: Putting it all together with polish.
  • Finish off your 5 page Bootstrap site
  • Forms
  • Publishing your site

Week 5, Final Session: Client Simulation

9am - 10am: Recieve materials from the client 10am - 11am: Pre production 11am - 12:30pm: Build the Site

12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30pm - 5pm: Review and Wrap-up

Instructor

David GrayDavid Gray is an experienced programmer and web developer who has been designing websites professionally for over 15 years. David has designed hundreds of sites for a wide variety of clients ranging from small and meduim sized businesses to larger organizations like Google, The University of Washington, Kay Jewelers and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

David is an expert programmer and systems engineer as well a designer, artist, musician and photographer. He shares a deep love for creativity and invention. David is also an active and top ranked social media influencer boasting large active followings on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. David regulalry consults as a social marketing expert with a focus on Behavioral and Brain Science.

In his free time David enjoys photography, playing music and creating video games.

Location

This certificate program will be held in the Boulder Digital Arts Boulder location classroom.

$999
BDA Members
$1099
Non-Members

Registration:

BDA Members: $999.00

Non-Members: $1,099.00

Available Dates

October 12 - 16, 2015

Weekday Format Schedule

Register
Complete Schedule:
Monday, October 12, 2015
9am - 5pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
9am - 5pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
9am - 5pm
Thursday, October 15, 2015
9am - 5pm
Friday, October 16, 2015
9am - 5pm

Location: Boulder Location (Details)

Boulder Location
1600 Range Street, Suite 100
Boulder, CO  80301

This is BDA's headquarters located at Arapahoe Avenue and Range Street in Boulder (approximately 52nd and Arapahoe) on the northeast corner of Range and Arapahoe. The building is .6 miles east of Foothills Parkway, and .25 miles west of 55th Street. Range is the street that is between the stoplights at Conestoga and Commerce. Parking is available all around the building.

January 25 - 29, 2015

Weekday Format Schedule

Register
Complete Schedule:
Monday, January 25, 2016
9am - 5pm
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
9am - 5pm
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
9am - 5pm
Thursday, January 28, 2016
9am - 5pm
Friday, January 29, 2016
9am - 5pm

Location: Boulder Location (Details)

Boulder Location
1600 Range Street, Suite 100
Boulder, CO  80301

This is BDA's headquarters located at Arapahoe Avenue and Range Street in Boulder (approximately 52nd and Arapahoe) on the northeast corner of Range and Arapahoe. The building is .6 miles east of Foothills Parkway, and .25 miles west of 55th Street. Range is the street that is between the stoplights at Conestoga and Commerce. Parking is available all around the building.

May 16 - 20, 2016

Weekday Format Schedule

Register
Complete Schedule:
Monday, May 16, 2016
9am - 5pm
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
9am - 5pm
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9am - 5pm
Thursday, May 19, 2016
9am - 5pm
Friday, May 20, 2016
9am - 5pm

Location: Boulder Location (Details)

Boulder Location
1600 Range Street, Suite 100
Boulder, CO  80301

This is BDA's headquarters located at Arapahoe Avenue and Range Street in Boulder (approximately 52nd and Arapahoe) on the northeast corner of Range and Arapahoe. The building is .6 miles east of Foothills Parkway, and .25 miles west of 55th Street. Range is the street that is between the stoplights at Conestoga and Commerce. Parking is available all around the building.

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Comments For: Web Design Certificate Program

I really had a great experience in the Web Certification class! The instructor was well organized, very well-versed as well as being passionate and engaged. It was a lot to take in, but well worth my time!Andrew on 1/31/2015
As usual, your class is amazing.anonymous on 1/26/2015
This class was very valuable - helped bridge semantical gap between developers and business analysts. Brian had great energy, patience, knowledge, and kept things understandable.Jon on 11/1/2014
Brian was patient, knowledgeable, and willing to answer individual questions.Amy on 11/1/2014
This is a great program for gaining a solid foundation in HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver. Brian is an excellent instructor.Laine on 2/1/2014
With as much information as the course covered, it was entirely manageable and fluid. Brian is a truly gifted instructor, highly energetic and equally patient. A great course! Kara on 11/18/2013
Coming from an anthropological background, I took your classes trying to learn something about websites and learn some real world technological skills. A year later, I have paid myself back for the costs of the certification and Adobe programs. Through freelancing and starting a digital marketing company with a fellow aspiring, entrepreneurial girl, I am now leaps and bounds from where I was before. I wanted to express my gratitude to BDA. I have recommended your studio to anyone who asks about my education, and flaunt my certification to potential clients.Amy J on 7/16/2013
Brian is very good, very energetic...Overall very good class.William A. on 7/1/2013
It was awesome!Tricia on 7/1/2013
I have a much better understanding of CSS and HTML. [Kelly] was very organized and easy to follow and understand. [He] went through the most information he could in a short time, very helpful.Tiffany on 3/29/2013
This class moves fast and covers a lot of group for beginners new to programming, but it was very helpful and informative.Steven on 10/25/2012
This class moves fast and covers a lot of group for beginners new to programming but it was very helpful and informative.Steven on 10/24/2012
This class moves fast and covers a lot of group for beginners new to programming, but it was very helpful and informative.Steven on 10/24/2012
This class moves fast and covers a lot of group for beginners new to programming but it was very helpful and informative.Steven on 10/24/2012
This class moves fast and covers a lot of group for beginners new to programming, but it was very helpful and informativeSteven on 10/24/2012
This class moves fast and covers a lot of group for beginners new to programming but it was very helpful and informative.Steven on 10/24/2012
Extremely Happy. [The Instructor was] very knowledgeable and helpful.Susanna on 8/17/2012
[The instructor] is the quintessential website designer. The master of tech and art.Rebecca on 6/22/2012
Excellent overview of the many features and possibilities.Marni on 5/2/2012
I feel like I learned a huge amount in a very short time. This class was full to the brim with valuable & current web design information. The instructors real-world experience and advice was extremely valuable. He was also very good at explaining complex techniques in a way understandable to a novice.Heather on 5/2/2012
SO much information in one short class!Iris Sela on 5/2/2012
Condensed, concise tour of the components needed and available for web design. Handouts will be very valuable for future development. Instructor was very knowledgeable and experienced, providing us with best practices. Covered a huge amount of information, providing us with a great foundation to do website design development.Deborah on 2/10/2012
This program was invaluable. I now have qualifications to forward my career. Kelly's knowledge is so vast that it is rote for him!Tracy [Theresa] A on 2/10/2012
I learned a great deal - enough to continue on my own. The instructor was very knowledgeable and patient.Kate on 1/13/2012
I had a little knowledge of several topics - this class connected the dots. Kelly's knowledge is extraordinary!Jill M on 1/13/2012
Very informative with the latest available information. Great handouts for reference. I like instructors who are currently working in the field. Very knowledgeable.Jennifer on 11/9/2011
Leaned a lot!James on 8/12/2011
Practical instruction, skillfully delivered. A home run!Jearld Greg on 8/12/2011
This class was great! A lot of material was covered. It was a great introduction to web design and I feel as if I have a good foundation upon which to build my skills.Shelby on 3/10/2011
Accomplished building a large part of my website. All the classes are well run.Gregg on 11/12/2010
Fabulous overview of Adobe web apps and basic intro to internet design and strategy. BDA is fantastic, so glad to discover it! I'll be back!Cynthia on 11/12/2010
Great hands on training, well worth the money. Kelly is very informative and knows a lot!Kyle on 10/11/2010
I can now read and create CSS!! This will drastically improve the quality on my work life, and decrease my stress level. The instructor is knowledgeable, clever, and very patient.Lea on 10/11/2010
The combination of instruction and hands on helps build understanding and confidence to build your own sites.Jessica on 10/11/2010
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Optional Payment Plan for Certificate Programs:

We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our Certificate Programs. Each of the 4 payments is 25% of the total registration fee with no finance charges or other costs. The first payment will be taken when you register and the remaining 3 payments are paid every month for the following 3 months (detailed payment information in the table below). It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the class you wish to attend (info@boulderdigitalarts.com) and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.

 

Payment Program Details

  BDA Member Non-Member
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
$249.75 $274.75
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
$249.75 $274.75
Payment 3
Due two months after registration.
$249.75 $274.75
Payment 4
Due three months after registration.
$249.75 $274.75
Note: registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for the early registration discount and always pay the standard registration fee ($999.00 for BDA members and $1,099.00 for non-members).
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