Sources for Free Web Design Education Online

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Getting an education in Web design is possible for free online. Among the many sources for learning how to construct Web pages include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Adobe.
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Free Web Design Courses

Free Web design courses are offered by the University of Washington, About University, and MIT, among others. Students will learn what it takes to build their own Web pages or to design them for other companies.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

This MIT course covers digital communication, and students work in small groups on a project that lasts the entire semester. Required reading includes topics like starting your own business, development, and writing for the Web.

About University

The free Web design class will cover the techniques of designing Web pages. Areas of study include using color, navigation, multimedia, and graphics. For the CSS 101 class, students are recommended to purchase a copy of Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide.

University of Washington

This Web design course is offered as a video presentation. At just under 15 minutes in length, this simple course is designed for self-learning about websites and designing them. A transcript of the presentation is available, in addition to a YouTube link and links for QuickTime and Windows Media.

Adobe Web Design Software

Access Adobe video tutorials from the Adobe website. Tutorials are offered for Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Learn techniques, features, and essentials.

e-Learning Center

This course is offered as a free demo from the e-Learning Center website. Sign up and have the demo emailed to you. Learn JavaScript and how it functions with HTML.

W3Schools.com

This website offers plenty of HTML tutorials, in addition to tutorials in HTML5, HTML Forms, HTML Graphics, HTML Media, HTML APIs, HTML Examples, and HTML References. An online editor allows you test examples and students can take HTML quizzes.

HTML Dog

This website allows individuals to learn about HTML, at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Read through the lessons on topics like page titles, lists and headings, meta tags, and accessible links.

Foothill-De Anza Community College

This online course will explore the language of Java programming. The recommended textbook for the course is called Object-Oriented Programming in Java by Stephen D. Gilbert and William B. McCarty. Grading is based on participation, assignments, quizzes, and a final exam.

Free Online Web Design Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Intelligent Web Design course from MIT Undergraduate Text No No Yes
Web Design course from About University Intermediate Emailed lessons No No No
CSS 101 course from About University Beginner Emailed lessons No No No
Accessible Web Design course from University of Washington Intermediate Video presentation No No Yes
Adobe - Dreamweaver Tutorials from Adobe.com Beginner-advanced Video tutorial No No No
Adobe - Photoshop Tutorials from Adobe.com Beginner-advanced Video tutorial No No No
Adobe - Illustrator Tutorials from Adobe.com Beginner-advanced Video tutorial No No No
HTML5 and JavaScript from e-Learning Center Beginner Free demo No No No
HTML Tutorials from W3Schools.com Beginner-advanced Text tutorial No Yes No
HTML Tutorials from HTLM Dog Beginner-advanced Text tutorial No No No
Java Programming course from Foothill-De Anza Community College Beginner Text lessons Yes Yes No

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Web Design and Development
      • B.S. - Game Design
      • B.S. - Computer Animation
      • B.S. - Game Art
  • Online Programs Available
    2. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Virginia International University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)
      • MPA in Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS)
      • Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM)
      • Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT)
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
      • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management
      • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma: Web Page Designer
      • Career Diploma: Computer Graphic Artist
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Utica College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Cyber Policy
      • MBA - Cybersecurity
      • MBA Economic Crime and Fraud Management
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations
      • MS in Cybersecurity - Intelligence
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations
      • BS in Cybersecurity - Information Assurance
      • Online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
    Certificate
      • Cybersecurity Technologies Certificate
      • Cyber Operations Cert
      • Cyber Policy Cert
      • Monitoring, Surveillance, and Intelligence Operations Cert
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Abilene Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Information Technology Leadership

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Full Sail University

  • B.S. - Web Design and Development
  • B.S. - Game Design
  • B.S. - Computer Animation

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The George Washington University

  • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Virginia International University

  • Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • B.S. in Information Technology

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master - Information Technology Management
  • Graduate Specialization - Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Career Diploma: Web Page Designer
  • Career Diploma: Computer Graphic Artist

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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