Web Design for Everybody by Coursera
It consists of 5 courses which most students complete within 7 months. After learning the basics, you need to complete a Capstone Project. This will help you determine just how much you have learned from your studies. You can also use your project for your web portfolio. You will receive a certificate once you complete the specialization.
In Coursera’s “Web Design for Everybody (Basics of Web Development and Coding) Specialization,” the University of Michigan delivers a comprehensive course for beginners who want to get started on a web design or web development career.
The specialization is divided into 5 courses and can be completed within 7 months. Normally taken 2 to 4 hours per week, the first course lasts 3 weeks and is an introduction to HTML5. It covers the theoretical, practical, and many overlooked aspects of using the language to create and maintain web pages. Having no prerequisites, the course is ideal even for complete beginners.
The second course is an introduction to CSS3 and how it can be used to beautify your page. Aside from teaching you how to write and test the codes, this course also teaches you to evaluate your webpage using the Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust (POUR) accessibility guidelines. The goal is to ensure that your website remains usable even by users with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. By the end of the course, you will have learned how to add color, layouts, and fonts to an HTML page through CSS.
The fourth course discusses responsive design, teaching you how to make pages that respond to differences in platforms. It covers topics like wireframes and fluid design, as well as styling paradigms such as Bootstrap. When you take this course, you are expected to have a basic understanding of both HTML and CSS.
The final course is a capstone project that lets you demonstrate the skills you developed through the specialization. Your task is to design and create a site that is responsive to at least 3 platforms. Once completed, you will have become more comfortable with creating and updating websites, as well as other design-related tasks. You can use your project as part of a professional web portfolio. Only those students who have completed the first four courses can complete the final course.
Subscribing to a specific course means being subscribed to the entire specialization, so taking just one course is not allowed. You can, however, end your subscription before your desired course is over to prevent the recurring monthly charge from being incurred for the subsequent courses.
The beauty of this specialization is that it does not require you to download any specific software. Even your computer or laptop’s free code editor will do. References, textbooks, and resources are listed on the website for your guidance.