Web Design Program Preview – Presented by McMaster Continuing Education

– [Kristine] Welcome everybody. Thank you for taking
some time out of your day to learn more about our Web
Design certificate program. My name is Kristine Stolar, and I’ll be facilitating
this program preview. The agenda for today’s
session is as follows. I’ll provide an overview of the program, its goals and course listings. We’ll talk briefly about the intended audience for the program, as well as some of the
features and benefits of taking this online program. I’ll finish off with the
admission requirements, and then we’ll have time for
any questions and answers at the end of session. There are five courses in total, and all will incorporate
theory with application. A Certificate in Web
Design will be awarded upon successful completion
of all five courses. Each one is delivered entirely online over a 12 week duration. The program is intended
to be taken as a cohort, allowing participants to network with potential professional contacts, and provide a consistent
learning environment. You may take multiple courses depending on your learning goals and plan, and in some cases, year round. We want you to be
successful in the program, so some courses need to be completed before you enrol in a later course. As I mentioned, there are
five courses in the program. The first one is the foundational course, and it begins looking at
the basic building blocks for creating websites, HTML and CSS. In the second course
you’ll look further into how to create powerfully designed websites that allow you to achieve
your project goals. In addition, you’ll review
project management skills, and use these as you
build your next website. Both the third and fourth
courses will dive more into advanced HTML, CSS,
JavaScript, and jQuery features. You’ll also continue
building your business and client management skills. And lastly, the fifth course
introduces database website, opening the door to creating
websites used for ecommerce. A new component of this course will be an experiential learning project, with synchronous webinars. This program promotes the development of specific skills and knowledge sought by employers and
professional web designers. The focus of this certificate
is to teach learners about the theory,
principles, and practices of effective website design. To achieve this, the courses will combine both practical learning activities, as well as more traditional class methods. For example, learners will
complete weekly activities to get them doing what
they’ve been instructed, as well as participating
in group discussions. The program instructors are
all practitioners in the field, and emphasize the use of
experiential learning technique. Emerging trends, theories,
practices, and core competencies will be discussed to aid
in the learning process and ensure that the course
content is current and relevant. In addition to developing students’ knowledge and
skill in web design, professional development
and entrepreneurial skills will be threaded throughout each course, such as project management,
business writing, and dealing with clients. Throughout the program
students will also be building a professional web design portfolio that reflects the work they’ve
accomplished in each course. The program is designed
to be taken part time. This means you can complete
an academic program while you continue to work, meeting both your personal
and professional demands. We want to encourage as many students to participate in the program to share their perspectives
with their fellow learners, and begin to build a
network of colleagues. Online learning allows
you to study from home, and the flexibility to complete course
activities on your schedule. Each module will include an
overview of the study topic, including readings, videos, and activities that provide opportunities
for you to practice what you’re learning. The course is asynchronous,
meaning you won’t be required to be online at a specific time. You can study when it’s
convenient for you. You should expect to commit approximately six to 10
hours per course per week. So if you were to do
two courses in a term, that would be 12 to 20 hours per week. You can maintain continuous study, building on the momentum of each course, taking it each term by term. As well, you get to establish a portfolio through the use of third
party hosting site. Course materials. Some of our courses do
have a required textbook. However, most of the
resources and readings will be available online, free of charge. In terms of software, there
are no required purchases. Many students ask about
getting Adobe programs, such as the Creative Cloud
Suite, and or Photoshop. Again, these are not required. However, if you have an interest in subscribing to these services, you are welcome to do so at your own cost. As you build your portfolio
throughout the program you will be using a
third party hosting site. Again, no extra cost associated with this. Your instructor will
advise you of free sites that can be used. In order to insure that students have the basic capabilities
necessary to be successful in the program’s academic courses, we suggest that you have the following prerequisite
knowledge and or skills. A general computer knowledge,
keyboarding, file management, spreadsheets, and word processing, that you’re familiar with
internet browsers and web surfing, and you have proficiency
in the English language. If you have any specific questions regarding these prerequisites, you can always email us directly. So before we move on to see
if you have any questions, I’m just going to take a few minutes to review some of the other topics that students frequently inquire about. One question people often ask is do I need to purchase any special software in order to participate in this program. So I briefly mentioned this, we don’t require that you
purchase any software. Throughout each course you’ll
be introduced to programs that will assist you in certain tasks. For each of these tasks there is always a range of
software that you can use. Some may have a charge, some without. So it’s entirely up to you. An example of this is photo editing tasks. So while you’re welcome to purchase a subscription to Photoshop, you can, but there are other free
alternatives available to you, and your instructor can point
you in the right direction. Another question we often get
asked about is if students will learn back-end coding
such as Python, Java, Ruby. No, this course focuses
on web design languages, like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery, with some database
building in PHP and MySQL. If you’re looking to create mobile apps or more technical computer programming, this program will not cover those skills. So this is the last slide
of the presentation. And I have some important links on here. The [email protected]
is the program email. So any questions that
you may think of after, you can email that program directly. As well in the future if you’re a student in one of our courses,
that would be the email you would use for any
questions you would have. Our website address, as
well as the phone number, and that extension is answered live by one of our information
specialists who can help you with any of your academic
planning that you want to do or any questions you may have. So I hope everyone enjoys
the sunshine out there, and has a great weekend coming up. Thank you again, bye-bye.

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