Design the Web

Introduction to Web Design is a comprehensive introduction to building websites. Topics include logical design principles, visual design principles, usability, accessibility, web file management, FTP, HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, front-end frameworks, WordPress, and commercial web hosts and services.

Weekly assignments keep you on track; 24/7 access gives you the flexibility to work at your own pace between deadlines. The course fee includes course access for the duration of the session.

Level: Beginners with basic computer literacy
Duration: 15 week session (Fall and Spring), 13 week session (Summer)
Time Investment: 4-8 hours a week depending on computer skill level
Format: 24/7 access with weekly deliverables
Course breakdown: 13 Lessons, 13 Assignments, 12 Quizzes, 2 Exams – view the full Course Outline
Requirements: Web Hosting Account & Domain, instructor uses Siteground (see Requirements tab below for more details)

Lessons include:

  • a primary lesson topic which is skills-based and taught over several short (4-8 minute) video tutorials
  • an assignment which is a web page or web site published on the web for grading
  • a “Designer’s Lounge” exercise that teaches web design principles
  • a “tidbit” or mini lesson that shows a quick and easy skill or resource
  • a quiz which covers the main topics in the lesson

Ken Baldauf, Director of the Program in Interdisciplinary Computing (PIC) at FSU

In his position as PIC Director, Ken is responsible for developing and teaching computer and technology courses in a wide range of disciplines using new and innovative teaching methods. He is a published author in the field of technology and has created educational media and developed educational podcasts. Ken is also a researcher in computer and information literacy/competency/fluency and Web development technologies and travels the country to present his finding in numerous conferences and forums.


Call to obtain Discount Codes (850) 644-7545. Discount codes MUST be used during the registration process and cannot be applied after the registration is submitted, no exceptions.
FSU Alumni – 10%
All active/inactive Military – 10%
FSU Alumni Association Members – 15%
NEW! FSU Employee Discount – 10%

Notebook or Desktop Computer
Students will not be able to work through the coursework on a tablet computer.

Minimum Skills Requirements
Basic computer literacy including:

  • the ability to navigate an operating system (launching software and managing system settings)
  • the ability to organize files and folders on a computer
  • the ability to download and install software
  • the ability to connect to the Internet and navigate the web using URLs, Web search engines and links
  • the ability to use online communication tools including email, chat, discussion boards, social media and video chat
  • the ability to send and receive email attachments
  • the ability to navigate software including saving files to specific locations, opening files from specific locations, and changing software preferences and settings

Web Hosting Account
Students will learn to publish their websites during the second half of the course. For this, we will use Siteground. Students can opt to pay for a one month trial or for a year subscription which would provide hosting on an annual basis. Students planning to take our three course sequence will need a web hosting account in the Web Application Development course.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
A functional computer manufactured within the past four years, and a reliable high-speed Internet connection. A webcam is recommended in order to receive instructor assistance.

Minimum Time Requirements
Plan on spending between four to ten hours a week on course work depending on your computer skill level. Students must be able to meet assignment deadlines in order to stay on track and complete the course prior to the end of the semester.

Refund Policy

Cancellations within two weeks of the course start date will receive a full refund less $50. Cancellations must be received by email or in writing. After the two-week deadline, no refunds will be issued.

For more information about this class, please contact Catia Carballo at (850) 644-7545 or use the contact form below.

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Upcoming Session:
Next Fall

Registration Closed

Upcoming Session Notice

Summer 2017: Not Available

Course will resume Fall 2017

The course offered thorough explanations and excellent videos that were very helpful. Overall great experience.

Learning web design (HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc) is no different than learning a foreign language and Ken’s approach of an almost immersion learning technique is excellent.