Digital Web Design

This course is for people who wish to pursue careers in web design. Web site designers combine creativity and computer skills to design, build and redesign web sites. Their work involves formulating ideas, visualising the finished product and having the technical skills to build and commission web sites. Applicants for the course must be able to demonstrate evidence of their creativity and technical skills. There are two main technical modules. The first one offers participants the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to create and manipulate graphics and images for print and screen based applications. In the second technical module, participants will learn how to design, implement, test and maintain web pages and sites using HTML and CSS standards and editors.

  • Induction#the planned outcomes and the conditions attached to attendance on the course; good safety, health and hygiene practices; the basic principle involved in environmental issues; and the meaning of equal opportunities.
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics (Web) – create and manipulate graphics and images for print and screen based applications.
  • Web Authoring – design, implement, test and maintain web pages and sites using HTML and CSS standards and editors.
  • Career planning and Work Experience – plan and achieve realistic employment goals. Work independently, while under general supervision, in an organisation or specific vocational context related to web site design and carry out vocationally related web site design tasks over a period of time.

A combination of training methods is used to deliver this course. These include instructions, demonstrations, supervised practice, practical work training, and giving and receiving feedback. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and to engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a number of projects and assignments throughout the course and keep up-to-date records of their progress. A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include assignments, project work, portfolios, and skills demonstrations.

  • Have an interest in designing, building and maintaining web sites.
  • Reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent level of experience or education.
  • A good standard of written and spoken English.
  • An understanding of spatial & abstract concepts.
  • Ability to think logically and analytically.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good concentration and capable of producing work of a high standard.
  • Good computer skills and proficient in Word, PowerPoint or Quark.
  • Previous experience using related computer applications or software is an advantage to not essential.
  • Web designers find employment in companies that specialise in creating web sites, in the IT departments of large companies and organisations that create and maintain their own web sites, and as self-employed web designers.