Basic Web Design Course

Basic Web Design Course

Course Description

In today’s digital age, websites are indispensable to the marketing and operational strategies of businesses across various industries. They act as the virtual storefronts, showcasing the unique identity of a company and setting it apart from its competitors. Recognizing the critical role of captivating web design in creating a distinct online presence, this Basic Web Design Course is designed specifically for beginners eager to master the art of crafting effective web pages.

Through a comprehensive curriculum, participants will delve into the essentials of web design, including HTML, CSS, responsive design, and accessibility principles. By the culmination of the course, students will possess the knowledge and hands-on experience required to design, develop, and launch visually appealing and functional websites.

What can you do with the basic web design course?

  • Create Professional Websites: Utilize HTML and CSS to design and build professional, visually appealing websites for personal projects, businesses, or clients.
  • Develop Responsive Designs: Learn the skills necessary to create websites that adapt and function seamlessly across various devices, from desktops to smartphones, enhancing accessibility and usability.
  • Implement SEO Best Practices: Incorporate search engine optimization (SEO) techniques into your web design to improve website visibility, drive traffic, and increase the effectiveness of online content.
  • Launch a Web Design Career: With the foundational skills acquired from the course, start a career in web design, freelancing, or contribute to the digital presence of existing businesses or startups.

Course duration:

3 – 6 months


Below is an exhaustive compilation of the course modules you will cover

Module 1 : Planning a Website: Content and Structure Strategy

  • Understanding Your Audience: Tailoring content to meet the needs and preferences of your target users.
  • Site Architecture Planning: Developing a clear and logical site hierarchy for easy navigation.
  • Content Strategy: Creating engaging and relevant content that serves the objectives of the website.
  • SEO Basics: Incorporating search engine optimization principles in content and structure planning.
  • Wireframing: Sketching basic layouts to visualize the structure and essential elements of web pages.

Module 2 : Introduction to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

  • HTML Syntax and Structure: Learning the foundational tags and their proper use in creating web pages.
  • Creating Lists, Tables, and Forms: Utilizing HTML to organize information and collect user input.
  • Embedding Media: Adding images, videos, and audio to web pages with HTML.
  • HTML5 Elements: Exploring new semantic elements in HTML5 for better structure and readability.
  • Linking Pages: Understanding absolute and relative paths for linking internal and external pages.

Module 3 : Image Optimization for the Web

  • Understanding Image Formats: Differences between JPEG, PNG, GIF, and SVG and when to use each.
  • Compression Techniques: Reducing file size without sacrificing quality for faster page loads.
  • Responsive Images: Techniques for displaying images effectively across devices.
  • SEO for Images: Best practices for naming, alt attributes, and leveraging images for SEO.
  • Tools for Image Optimization: Introduction to software and online tools for optimizing images.

Module 4 : Visualizing a Website: Colours, Images, Fonts, and Layout

  • Colour Theory in Web Design: Understanding color psychology and choosing a color scheme.
  • Choosing and Using Web Fonts: Exploring font types and services for web use.
  • Incorporating Images: Best practices for selecting and positioning images.
  • Layout Principles: Grid systems, white space, and visual hierarchy considerations.
  • Design Aesthetics: Creating a visually appealing and cohesive design style.

Module 5 : Mastering Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

  • CSS Syntax and Selectors: Writing efficient CSS rules and applying styles to HTML elements.
  • Box Model and Layout: Understanding margin, border, padding, and layout control.
  • Styling Text and Fonts: Customizing typography with CSS for readability and style.
  • CSS Positioning and Flexbox: Techniques for layout adjustments and responsive design.
  • CSS Transitions and Animations: Adding interactive elements and animations with CSS.

Module 6 : Styling HTML5 with CSS

  • Integrating HTML5 and CSS: Best practices for combining the two technologies for modern web design.
  • Responsive Typography: Adjusting font sizes and line heights for readability on any device.
  • Advanced Selectors: Utilizing pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements in CSS.
  • Media Queries: Writing CSS rules that adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions.
  • HTML5 Forms Styling: Customizing form elements for an engaging user experience

Module 7 : Responsive Web Design

  • Principles of Responsive Design: Ensuring websites look great on any device.
  • Media Queries Deep Dive: Crafting CSS for mobile, tablet, and desktop views.
  • Flexible Layouts: Using flexbox and grid systems to create fluid layouts.
  • Responsive Images and Media: Techniques to make multimedia content adaptive.
  • Testing for Responsiveness: Tools and methods for testing website responsiveness across devices

Module 8 : Writing Web-Optimized Copy and Linking Pages

  • Writing for the Web: Techniques for clear, concise, and engaging online copy.
  • SEO Content Writing: Incorporating keywords and phrases for better search engine visibility.
  • Internal Linking Strategies: Structuring links to enhance navigation and SEO.
  • Call-to-Action Copywriting: Crafting compelling CTAs to drive user action.
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations: Understanding copyright and fair use for web content

Module 9 : Testing, Publishing, and Maintaining a Website

  • Pre-Launch Checklist: Ensuring all elements are in place and functioning before going live.
  • Publishing Your Website: Choosing a hosting provider and domain name, and uploading your site.
  • Website Testing: Cross-browser and device testing to ensure compatibility.
  • Ongoing Maintenance: Regular updates, backups, and security checks.
  • Analytics and Feedback: Using tools to monitor site performance and user engagement for continuous improvement



50% upfront discount for students funding the course privately

R11000total payment
  • Deposit R3200
  • R2600 (3 months)

R11000total payment
  • Deposit R2900
  • R1350 (6 months)

50% upfront discount for students funding the course privately


• QCTO – Quality Council for Trade and Occupations
• QLS – Quality Licence Scheme UK

How to Study

The Basic Web Design Course is presented through an innovative online education platform, offering both theoretical and practical insights into web design fundamentals. The Digital School of Marketing embraces a tailored approach to your educational journey, enabling you to begin whenever you’re ready and progress at your own speed, all while having access to comprehensive student support.

Here’s what your web design learning experience will entail:

  • Interactive Slides: Each module and topic is covered through detailed slides enriched with web design principles.
  • Custom Infographics: Specially crafted infographics that highlight key learning objectives.
  • Engaging Videos: Video content tailor-made for this course to enhance your understanding.
  • Downloadable eBooks: A complete eBook for every lesson, allowing for review and study off-platform.
  • ‘Earn As You Learn’ Certificates: Receive a certificate after successfully completing each module as a testament to your new skills.
  • Assessment Tools: Engage with formative assessments, multiple-choice questions, and comprehensive final assessments to solidify your learning.

Upon enrolment, you will receive:

  • Course Access Details: Secure login information to access the course materials.
  • Ongoing Student Support: Continuous support throughout your study period.
  • Module Completion Certificates: Digital certificates for each module you complete successfully.
  • Final Course Certificate: A final certificate marking the completion of your course, available in both hard copy and digital formats

What makes us different?

  • We have long been established in the Digital Marketing and design industry
  • We are QCTO Accredited
  • We are BEE compliant
  • Courses are internationally transferable

What makes us different?

We have long been established in the Digital Marketing and design industry

We are SETA registered

We are BEE compliant

Courses are internationally transferable

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is the Basic Web Design Course Accredited?

    Yes, the online Basic Web Design Course is accredited through the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), ensuring it meets high standards of education in web design.

    How Long Will It Take to Complete the Basic Web Design Course?

    Typically, students complete the course within 3 to 6 months, depending on their pace of learning.

    When Can I Start the Basic Web Design Course?

    You can begin the course at any point in the year that suits you best.

    What Career Opportunities Are Available After Completing the Basic Web Design Course?

    Graduates can pursue various roles within web design, UX/UI design, and digital content creation across industries. With international recognition, your skills will be valuable both locally and abroad.

    Will I Receive a Study Pack?

    All course materials are provided digitally. No physical study pack is issued, enabling immediate and convenient access to resources online.

    Where is the Head Office of the Institution Offering the Basic Web Design Course?

    While the head office is in Illovo, Sandton, the course is accessible online from anywhere in South Africa and internationally.

    Is Student Support Available?

    Yes, comprehensive student support is provided Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with access to trained assessors and facilitators to aid your learning.

    What Are the Age Requirements for Enrolling in the Basic Web Design Course?

    Participants must be at least 18 years old to enroll in this course.

    What Payment Options Are Available?

    We offer a variety of payment options, including full payment discounts, debit orders, and installment plans to accommodate different financial needs.

    When Are Debit Orders Processed?

    Debit orders for the course fees are processed on the last working day of each month.

    Will I Be Charged Extra If I Opt for Debit Order Payments?

    No additional charges are applied beyond the agreed monthly installment for the course.

    Can I Pause My Debit Order Payments?

    The debit order is set to run continuously once initiated, without the option to pause.

    Can Employers Cover the Course Fees?

    Yes, we welcome employer contributions and can provide a customized quote for the Basic Web Design Course upon request.

    Where Can I Study Web Design Courses in Major South African Cities?

    Our online Basic Web Design Course offers the flexibility to study from anywhere, providing a convenient alternative to classroom-based learning in cities like Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.

    Where is the Digital School of Marketing Head Office?

    Our head office is based in Randburg, Johannesburg. However, the marketing courses are available throughout South Africa and Internationally through online learning.

    Is there student support?

    There is student support available from Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, at the college with trained assessors and facilitators to assist you in your marketing studies. Contact our trained digital marketing assessors to assist in your marketing learning journey.

    Why choose the Digital School of Marketing?

    The Digital School of Marketing is fully accredited through the Media Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). This means that the online digital marketing courses are specially designed for the digital industry. All industry benchmarks and standards have been met. Additionally, You can start studying the Basic Digital Marketing Course anytime during the year and the courses are available throughout South Africa.

    How old do I have to be to start a course at DSM?

    You have to be 17 years old to be eligible to start the Basic Digital Marketing Course, which provides the best digital marketing course in South Africa.

    What are the payment options available?

    There are many payment options available at the Digital School of Marketing. We offer discounts on full payments. Debit orders are available as well as structured payment plans with installments. – Studying Digital Marketing has never been this easy!

    When does the debit order run?

    The debit order runs for the Basic Digital Marketing course on the last working day of every month.

    If I choose the debit order option, will I be billed more than the monthly course instalments?

    No. You will only be billed for the monthly course instalment.

    Can I freeze my debit order?

    No. Your debit order runs automatically after the first payment is charged.

    Can My employers assist with payment for the course?

    Yes! – Please contact us for a customised quote for the basic digital marketing certification for your employers.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Johannesburg?

    If you want to study digital marketing courses in Johannesburg, there are several options available. You can study in a classroom setting (such as at the University of the Witwatersrand) or – if flexibility is important to you – then going for an online option is your best bet.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Pretoria?

    The digital marketing industry is skyrocketing and you need to be a part of it! If you’re on the hunt for digital marketing courses in Pretoria there are two options for you – either a classroom-based course or an online one such as the digital marketing courses on offer at the Digital School of Marketing.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Durban?

    If you want to become a digital marketer or run your own business, you need digital marketing skills to promote your company. If you’re based in KwaZulu-Natal and are looking for digital marketing courses in Durban, in terms of face-to-face courses you should look at Pixel Craft Training. But if you’re looking for an online, anytime, anywhere course then the Digital School of Marketing is your best bet.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Port Elizabeth?

    Marketing happens online now so marketers – who’ve been trained in traditional methodologies – need to upskill themselves with a digital marketing course. Are you looking for digital marketing courses in Port Elizabeth? If you are, you need to look into the Digital School of Marketing’s wide range of courses.

    Where Can I Study Digital Marketing Courses In Cape Town?

    When looking at digital marketing courses in Cape Town there are plenty of options to choose from. For instance, you could approach the AAA School of Advertising or Rosebank College as these institutions offer face-to-face classes. However, if you are looking for online options, try the Digital School of Marketing, we offer a wide range of courses.

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