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George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering

TAIT 0524: Web Design

“Great class overall. I feel prepared to move forward with my planned career change into the web design. Instructor’s feedback throughout the class was very interesting.” - Student

I learned a lot in the course and can build on the knowledge now. - Student


This is a hands-on and project-based introduction to web design which emphasizes standards-based and accessible design. The course introduces students to cross-platform web design with a focus on planning and designing effective web pages. The course progresses from introductory work on web design i.e.  implementing web pages by writing HTML and CSS code; enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia to a culminating project in which students design and develop a functional, multi-page website. The program is taught by Industry professionals who lead participants through the learning modules including hands-on exercises and a web design project.

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Audience and Prerequisites

The certificate program is for participants who want to learn designing and creating web pages and want to learn essential web design concepts and practical applications. Entrepreneurs and business professionals will find the course useful to understand how HTML, CSS and JavaScript work together to create a simple web site to promote your business or idea. Hobbyist will find the course interesting as a refresher of the basics and introduction to the latest trends and standards. 

This program will assume students have no formal knowledge of Web Design technologies used in the course (HTML, CSS, or JavaScript).  Students should have a good working knowledge of using computers and have access to one outside of the classroom.  Students should be able to manage your file system, including creating, copying, moving, deleting and renaming files and folders. Students using a MAC computer should be able to move files between Windows and Mac. Students should be familiar with using and managing files on external storage devices e.g. USB drive.

Course Outline Detail

Introduction to Web Design

  • Recognize and understand HTML web page elements
  • Know how to write HTML code
  • Understand and apply effective web design principles
  • Enhance web pages using text formatting, color, graphics, images, and multimedia
  • Incorporate forms into web pages
  • Understand and apply CSS to format web page elements
  • Plan, design, and publish a multi-page website
  • Implement web technologies to make site interactive
  • Understand the purpose of content management systems [CMS]
  • Quickly setup a website using WordPress

Web Page Design Concepts

  • The Language of the Web
  • Sites, Portals and Applications
  • Front-End and Back-End Domains
  • Web Standards
  • Grid Systems & CSS Frameworks
  • Building Your First Web Page

Web Accessibility

  • What is Web Accessibility?
  • What is the purpose of Section 508?
  • Why Web Accessibility is Important
  • Design Techniques for Websites Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

Web Planning & Design

  • Planning a Website
  • Basic Web Design Principles
  • Principles of Client Management
  • Creating Wireframes, Mock-ups and Prototypes
  • Capturing and documenting requirements


  • Getting Started with HTML5
  • Structure of a HTML document.
  • Creating titles, paragraphs, containers, lists.
  • Adding links and images.
  • Working with Tables.
  • Forms in HTML, including HTML5 semantic input fields
  • Tags and Elements
  • Defining Basic Tables
  • Basic HTML Form Elements
  • HTML5 Form Controls
  • Linking to Audio & Video
  • Embedding Audio & Video


  • Introduction to CSS3
  • How to add stylesheets and reference on web page
  • The Box Model.
  • Selecting elements with CSS3
  • Specifying fonts & font Sizes
  • Using techniques to style lists, forms, tables and links
  • Using techniques to position images and layout elements on a page


  • Getting acquainted with JavaScript
  • Language essentials
  • Form handling & validation
  • Making dynamic pages
  • Handling events

CMS with WordPress

  • Setting up WordPress site
  • Configuring a theme
  • Adding plugins & widgets


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January 29, 2018 - March 21, 2018
Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schedule Details

Location: Arlington 
Section: A10



6.4 CEUs
64 Hours
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  George Mason University
Volgenau School of Engineering
  3351 Fairfax Drive, Suite 448
  Arlington, VA 22201

Telephone: 703-993-1551
Email: advance@gmu.edu



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