CIW Web Design Specialist

CIW Web Design Specialist
Price: £465.00

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Course Description

CIW Web Design Specialist is a home study training course for those who want to develop the skills to specialise in website design and builds upon existing basic web design skills to learn the essentials and best practices of web design, including design theory, tools and technologies.

Students with little or no background in web design should consider starting with CIW Site Development Associate first to learn the basics of website authoring and development.

CIW Web Design Specialist teaches you how to design and publish websites. General topics include Website Development Essentials (such as the website development process, customer expectations, and ethical and legal issues in web development), Web Design Elements (such as aesthetics, the website user’s experience, navigation, usability and accessibility), Basic Web Technologies (such as basic Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Extensible HTML (XHTML) and extended technologies, image files, GUI website development applications, website publishing and maintenance) and Advanced Web Technologies (such as multimedia and plug-in technologies, client-side and server-side technologies, and web databases).

You will work with popular production tools including Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash and Microsoft Expression Web. You will study design and development technologies such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript, Java applets, Dynamic HTML, plug-ins, multimedia and databases. You will also explore the extensibility of design tools, incompatibility issues surrounding these tools, and the functionality of current web browsers.

Web Design Specialist will also teach you to manage the website development process. You will learn about new technologies and traditional strategies involving the web designer job role. Throughout this course, you will learn how websites are developed as managed projects, relate website development to business goals, and apply guidelines for user accessibility to website development. You will also consider website design from several perspectives. You will approach design from the user’s perspective so that you can identify with user interests and needs and you will also assume the roles of web designer and project manager as you work through the website development process.

This course includes access to the CIW Virtual Labs which provides remote access to the software and files necessary to complete this course including Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Fireworks CS5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Expression Web 3.

Course Objectives

This course will enable you to:

Part 1: Site Development Essentials

  • Identify and manage elements of the website development process
  • Meet customer expectations with website project and design
  • Identify ethical and legal issues relevant to web development and design

Part 2: Web Design Elements

  • Use web design principles to evaluate and develop a website's aesthetic qualities and its ability to enhance viewer experience
  • Use web design principles to enable navigation, usability and accessibility

Part 3: Basic Web Technologies

  • Use basic HTML and XHTML (X/HTML) to develop a series of web pages
  • Use X/HTML and extended technologies to enhance web page structure, format and usability
  • Create image files, and use images in X/HTML pages and website design
  • Create websites using GUI website development applications
  • Publish and maintain a production website

Part 4: Advanced Web Technologies

  • Use multimedia and plug-in technologies to enhance a website
  • Use client-side and server-side programming to enhance website functionality
  • Connect web pages to a database
  • Conduct effective Internet marketing
  • Create syndicated feeds using feed management services

Course Components

This course includes the following components:

  • Courseware Study Books
  • Virtual Labs
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Video Clips
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Course Mastery
  • Online Exercises
  • Exam Study Guide
  • Practice Exams
  • Certification Exam Voucher (Optional)

Download the Course Components document for full details.

Course Duration & Support

This is a home study course so you can complete it in your own time and the approximate total study time is 160 hours. Technical support for this course is provided directly by CIW via their student web portal.

Practice Exams

Practice exams are included with this course. They are provided online and are designed to help assess knowledge on specific objectives and reinforce learning. They include Objective Reviews and Quizzes, Reinforcement Tests, Self-Assessment Tests and a time-limited test that consists of a random selection of questions covering all learning objectives. The Practice Exams most closely simulate the experience of the Certification Exam.

Certification Exam

On completion of this course you can apply for the internationally recognised CIW 1D0-520 examination which, if passed, awards the student with the CIW Web Design Specialist Certification. This exam has a time limit of 75 minutes, consists of 70 questions and the passing score is 70%. Exams must be sat at one of the 89 registered Prometric testing centres in the UK. You can purchase a Certification Exam Voucher with this course or at a later date. Certification Exam Vouchers are valid for one year from date of purchase.

Pre-Course Requirements

The CIW Web Design Specialist course is designed for students with a good understanding of IT, computers and the Internet including knowledge of HTML and XHTML. No courses or certifications are required prior to taking this course; however, the course and exam are challenging and comprehensive and we recommend that if you are new to web design then you first complete the CIW Site Development Associate course. This is not a requirement but many candidates find it is extremely helpful. Note: If you are using an Apple Mac computer, we recommend installing Parallels Desktop as some elements of this course use Windows based applications.

Detailed Course Information

We recommend that you download and read the following documents before purchasing this course.

Web Design Specialist: Detailed Course Description
Web Design Specialist: Course Components
Web Design Specialist: Exam Objectives
Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements


CIW is the most popular vendor-neutral web education program in the world. CIW courses and certifications are designed using leading technological standards and verify that you have the skills necessary to master today's technology-driven world. If you have any questions about this course please contact us.

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