1Course Overview

CIW Web Design Specialist

Course code: DLC012

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Develop your web authoring and design skills, all from the comfort of your own home!

The CIW Web Design Specialist course has been designed by industry experts to provide you with professional training in web design and digtal authoring. 

This course will allow you to:

  • Boost your skills web design, design theory, technologies and tools
  • Design and publish websites
  • Build upon your knowledge gained in the CIW Web Foundations Associate course
  • Prepare for the CIW ID0-520 examination

This course is perfect for

  • Those who have knowledge and experience of HTML Programming 
  • IT professionals, web designers and marketing experts
  • Those who want to further their learning in web design 

With everything you need at the click of a button in your own personal online platform, you can learn whenever and wherever is most convenient to you. 

Join over 60,000 people that have studied with us and enrol with us today. Home learning couldn’t be easier!

Discounts on selected courses - Until 26th March
2Course Content
Overview of Web Design Concepts
  • Web Technology
  • The Nature of the Web
  • Web Design Concepts
  • New Technologies
  • Evaluating Your XHTML Skills
Web Development Teams
  • Web Teams and Tasks
  • Web Project Management
  • Web Project Collaboration
  • Your Web Design Portfolio
  • Your Web Design Business
Web Project Management Fundamentals
  • Web Project Management Phases
  • Project Documentation and Communication
Web Site Development Process
  • Bottom-Up Approach to Web Development
  • Understanding the Business Process
  • Defining a Web Site Vision
  • From Vision to Strategy
  • Web Site Specifications 
  • The Metaphor
  • Mystery Meat Navigation
  • The Mindmapping Process
  • Creating a Web Site Wireframe
  • Creating a Web Page Wireframe
Web Page Layout and Elements
  • Web Users and Site Design
  • Effective Web Page Layout
  • Branding and the Web
  • Color and Web Design
  • Fonts and Web Design
Web Site Usability and Accessibility
  • Audience Usability and Accessibility
  • Defining Usability
  • Web Site Usability Testing
  • Web Page Accessibility
  • Browsers and Navigation
  • Browsers and Design Considerations
  • Browser Adoption
  • Major, Minor and Alternative Browsers
  • Creating Aliases with TinyURL
  • Utilizing CAPTCHA
Navigation Concepts
  • Why Is Navigation Critical?
  • Primary and Secondary Navigation
  • Navigation Hierarchy
  • Site Structure, URLs and File Names
  • Familiar Navigation Conventions
  • Guided Navigation
  • Navigation Action Plan
Web Graphics
  • Web Site Images
  • Digital Imaging Concepts
  • Raster vs. Vector Graphics
  • Graphics Applications
  • Image File Formats
  • Creating and Optimizing Images
  • Essential Graphic Design Concepts
Multimedia and the Web
  • Multimedia and Web Sites
  • Current Multimedia Capabilities
  • Animation and the Web
  • Audio and the Web
  • Video and the Web
  • Goals of a Multimedia Site
  • Multimedia Site Design Basics
  • User Interaction
  • Selecting Multimedia Elements
Ethical and Legal Issues in Web Development
  • Ethics and Law in Web Development
  • Ethical Issues and the Web
  • Legal Issues and the Web
HTML and the Evolution of Markup
  • Function of Markup Languages
  • SGML: A Short History
  • What Is HTML?
  • HTML Goals
  • The HTML Standard
  • HTML 1.0 and 2.0
  • HTML 3.0 and 3.2
  • HTML 4.0 and 4.01
  • Separating Format from Structure in HTML
  • Extensible HTML (XHTML)
  • Reference Sites for Web Developers
  • What Is XML?
  • XML Goals
  • What Is an XML Document?
  • Rules for Well-Formed XML
  • HTML Transition to XML
  • What Is XHTML?
  • Applying a Single Standard Consistently
Web Page Structure — Tables and Framesets
  • Creating Structure with X/HTML Tables
  • Diagramming a Basic X/HTML Table
  • Borderless Web Page Structure
  • X/HTML Frames and Framesets
  • The X/HTML Tag
  • The X/HTML Tag
  • Targeting Hyperlinks in X/HTML
  • The X/HTML
Cascading Style Sheets
  • Style Sheets
  • Cascading Style Sheets
  • Defining and Using Styles
  • Changeable Style Attributes
  • Style Guides
  • Changes from CSS1 to CSS2
  • Page Layout with CSS
  • The CSS Box Model
  • Document Flow and Positioning
  • CSS Positioning Schemes
Site Content and Metadata
  • Written Web Site Content
  • Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Metadata
  • The Tag and Document Identification
  • The Tag and Search Engines
  • The Tag and Delayed File Change
Site Development with Microsoft Expression Web 4 — Introduction
  • The Transition from FrontPage
  • Microsoft Expression
  • Web 4 Expression
  • Web Views Expression
  • Web Menus and Toolbars
  • Opening Web Sites and Files in Expression Web
  • Developing W3C-Compliant Code with Expression Web
Site Development with Expression Web 4 — Basic Features
  • Page Layout Options in Expression Web
  • Creating a New Web Site Using Expression Web
  • Page Layout with CSS
  • Inserting Images with Expression Web
  • Creating Hyperlinks with Expression Web
  • Creating Image Maps with Expression Web
  • Creating Navigation Bars Using CSS
  • Expression Web's Dynamic Web Templates
  • Pasting Formatted Text with Expression Web
  • Pasting X/HTML content with Expression Web
Site Development with Expression Web 4 — Advanced Features
  • Expression Web Styles
  • Adding Interactivity to Web Pages
  • Creating Web Forms with Expression Web
  • Connecting to Databases Expression Web
  • Reports Options for Replacing Old Webbots
Site Development with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 — Introduction
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Dreamweaver Layout Options
Site Development with Dreamweaver CS6 — Basic Features
  • Page Layout in Dreamweaver
  • Creating Image Maps in Dreamweaver
  • Creating Templates in Dreamweaver
  • Importing Content in Dreamweaver
Site Development with Dreamweaver CS6 — Advanced Features
  • Rollover Images in Dreamweaver
  • Dreamweaver Web Forms
  • Dreamweaver Behaviors 
  • Dreamweaver Assets and Library
  • Editing X/HTML in Dreamweaver
  • Jump Menus in Dreamweaver
  • Site Search Forms in Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Exchange
Creating Web Pages Using Open-Source Tools
  • Open-Source GUI Editors
  • GUI HTML Editors vs. Text Editors
  • Open-Source Text Editors
  • Creating a Static Web Page
  • Using Templates
  • Checking Spelling
Image Editing with Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Creating an Image Document in Fireworks
  • Adding Text to Images in Fireworks
  • Cropping Images in Fireworks
  • Image Layers in Fireworks
  • Image States in Fireworks
  • Transparent Images in Fireworks
  • Image Slices in Fireworks

Multimedia with Adobe Flash Professional CS6

  • The History of Flash
  • Flash Technology Features
  • Developing with Flash
  • Flash Shapes
  • Color and Fills in Flash 
Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — Timeline, Layers, Symbols and Buttons
  • Flash Timeline
  • Flash Layers
  • Saving and Publishing Flash Movies
  • Flash Symbols
  • Flash Buttons
  • Customizing the Flash Library
Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — Tweens
  • Flash Tweens
  • Motion Tweens in Flash
  • Shape Tweens in Flash
  • Tweening Text in Flash

Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — Movie Clips

  • Flash Movie Clips
  • Adding Sound to Flash Files
  • Adding Flash Movies to X/HTML Files
  • Testing for the Flash Player Plug-In
Multimedia with Flash Professional CS6 — ActionScript, Masks and Practical Uses
  • Flash ActionScript
  • Mask Layers in Flash
  • Using SWF and SVG Files on the Web
  • Flash and Accessibility
JavaScript and DHTML Fundamentals
  • Why Script?
  • JavaScript and Common Programming Concepts
  • What Is JavaScript?
  • JavaScript vs. Other Languages
  • Embedding JavaScript into X/HTML
  • Using JavaScript to Communicate with the User
  • JavaScript Functions
  • Using JavaScript for Browser Detection
  • Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
Plug-Ins and Java Applets
  • Plug-In Technology
  • Plug-In Installation
  • Adobe Shockwave and Flash Players
  • Adobe Reader
  • RealNetworks RealPlayer
  • Rich Media Content
  • Creating a Downloadable File
  • Introduction to Java
  • Java Applets
  • Applets and Animation
  • Applet Authoring Tools and Resources
HTTP Servers and Web Applications
  • What Is an HTTP Server?
  • Accessing Servers and Services
  • Basic HTTP Server Administration
  • Server-Side Technologies
  • Web Servers and Cookies
  • Enabling, Disabling and Deleting Cookies
  • Setting Cookie Files
  • XML and Web Applications
  • Syndicated Feeds
  • Web Design and Databases
  • Database Anatomy
  • Database Queries
  • Database Management System (DBMS)
  • Connecting Web Pages to Databases
  • Database Tools, Products and Programs
Web Site Publishing and Maintenance
  • Web Site Testing
  • Web Site Publishing
  • Web Site Hosting
  • Web Publishing with an FTP Client
  • Web Publishing with Expression Web
  • Web Publishing with Dreamweaver
  • Comparing Web Publishing Tools
  • Maintaining Web Sites
  • Web Server and Web Site Security
3Other Information

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to apply to sit the CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 examination.

Included within this course, you will be provided with the following to help prepare you:

  • Pre-Assessment
  • Course Mastery questions
  • Movie clips
  • Online Exercises
  • Hands-on-Labs
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Practice Exams

Please note: You are responsible for booking and paying for your exam at your chosen exam centre

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year from enrolment to complete your studies. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines. This course has approximately 140 hours self-study time.

Study Method

You will study this course through distance learning, which means you can learn at a time and place to suit you.

Please Note - Digital Course Materials: As the Official CIW Course Materials are a digital license, we cannot offer refunds once the access code has been issued to students.

All the resources you need will be provided in a digital format, and you will also be provided with a FREE hard copy of the CIW course books (delivered within 5-10 working days).

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course you will be able to apply for the internationally recognised CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 examination. You must pass the examination with 70% or more in order to gain the qualification. This exam must be sat at a Pearson Vue testing centre within the UK or via the PSI Remote testing system. 


Your Questions Answered

What are the requirements for this course?

There are no specific requirements to enrol onto this course. However, it is recommended that students ensure they: 

  • have a basic understanding of Internet tools and functions
  • have a basic understanding of X/HTML

It is suggested that students study the CIW Web Foundations Associate course prior to enrolling onto this course as a knowledge basis. 

What are the computer requirements for this course?

For the best results, we recommend that you complete this course on a PC that holds a Windows Operating System. It will work on an Apple Mac using software such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 7, VMware fusion or CrossOver Mac, however we do not support any issues that may occur with PC-Based software running on a Mac.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You have a year to complete this course from the start of your enrolment, giving you enough time to study at your own pace.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Online learning platform
  • Online Support
  • CIW course books (delivered between 5-10 working days)
  • Dedicated student support
  • FREE CV writing service
Do I have to sit an exam?

If you wish to achieve the complete qualification, you must take the CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 examination. It is your responsibility to pay and book this at your chosen exam centre. Your exam must be sat at a registered Pearson Vue testing centre. You can locate testing centres and schedule examinations on the Pearson Vue Website.

Are there any additional costs?

Yes. If you decide to sit the CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 examination, you will be required to pay to take your exam at your chosen centre.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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