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8 Sessions (adaptive)
Audit (Free)
Certificate (Incl. w/ Premium)
California Institute of the Arts
Web Development
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
Design, Interaction, HTML, CSS, PHP
Course Description

In today’s digitally connected world, an engaging, distinctive website is a necessity for artists, musicians, designers, and creators. This course provides an introduction to website design and development for artists, providing the tools to create and maintain a unique online identity. In this course, you will learn how to build a custom website for your online artistic presence and portfolio, and how to leverage content management systems to develop and manage your site. You will also learn how to customize your site further with HTML, CSS, and PHP, three building blocks of the modern Web. This class will teach essential skills for designing and organizing your website, so you can create a site that is both visually distinctive and engaging. Over weekly assignments, you will develop an actual, live website from simple HTML to a full-featured site with galleries, analytics, social media integration, and other advanced features.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Introduction to the Web; Domains and Web hosting
How the Web works; domain names, servers, and hosting; how to choose a domain name, and purchasing your domain name and hosting.
Session 2: HTML5, CSS, PHP
HTML is the cornerstone of the Web. In this session, we will look at how HTML5 and CSS work in tandem to define the structure and style of a Web page. PHP is used to generate dynamic content.
Session 3: Managing Content with Wordpress
Installing a content management system on your site, and using it to build your site quickly and focus on the essentials of your site’s content and design.
Session 4: Intro to Web Design
How design affects the interpretation of your website; Gestalt psychology and theories of visual perception; the Web design toolbox.
Session 5: Content, Themes, and Customization
Themes define the overall structure, organization, and visual identity of your site. In this session we discuss how to choose the right theme for your site, and using HTML, CSS, and PHP to customize your theme.
Session 6: More on Design: Color and Typography
Characteristics of text and fonts and their effect on Web design.
Session 7: Wordpress Plugins, Analytics, and Security
Essential Wordpress plugins for further customizing and improving your site. How to integrate social media into your site, and using analytics to understand how visitors use your site.
Session 8: Advanced HTML, CSS, and PHP
Using advanced features of HTML, CSS, and PHP to give your site polish, style, and responsiveness.
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Learning Outcomes

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What You Need to Take This Course
  • Materials: Students will be required to purchase a domain name and web hosting for the duration of the course, which will cost approximately USD $40. Students may also wish to operate their website after the course has ended, which entails additional costs.
  • Equipment: Computer with installation privileges and internet access.
  • Software: The software used in this class includes free programs like Wordpress, TextMate, and Notepad++
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