Post by philbydevil » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:24 pm

I've been doing my own websites for about 7 years now, and am considering slowly moving into the web design industry.

Can anyone suggest any courses (online) that would be good to do? I would prefer to hear about your first-hand experience (ie. you have actually completed the course yourself).

Or, do you think that I should enroll in a local university/technical college web design course? Rather than doing it online? Or maybe I should do both?

The only problem with the uni/college option is that it would probably take me 6 years to complete their course, as it would have to be done part-time.

Some of the things that I feel need to be covered in the course: PHP, Flash, AJAX, Java, CSS, HTML. Feel free to add to this list...

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Post by Die Hard » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:15 pm

Web Design is mostly a practical thing to learn. If you really want to go for any course, it's always better to do a regular one from any recognized University/Institute. Or else you can simply log on to http://www.w3schools.com/, which is a official resource for learning web design and its absolutely free. You will get tutorials for all the subjects that you have mentioned and just everything about designing a website. Hopefully it'll help you.

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Post by blakeh » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:23 pm

Being an expert in such a field cannot be acquired overnight, and we all know that. Formal education cannot guarantee success in this field. It is how you develop that logic formulation and your creativity. Both of which you cannot learn from any school. As a web developer, what you can do is practice on your own. You can be better off reading forums online where you can learn and pick up things. As for the technical side of web development, i would prefer going to a local university. I get bored doing online classes. But i guess, to each his own.

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Post by philbydevil » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:30 pm

Die Hard wrote:Or else you can simply log on to http://www.w3schools.com/
I have used this resource when designing my websites and found it very helpful (however I've never complete a full class as such).
blakeh wrote:i would prefer going to a local university
I am leaning towards this, but it's just the time factor that's putting me off...

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Post by gemsey » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:00 pm

I've been doing the web development certificaton from the Open University. Has been helpful in filling in the gaps and introducing new languages. They're now ending this certification but are bringing out a combined 60 point course for web design, but not too sure when that is getting released.

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Post by nquinlan » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:48 pm

Die Hard wrote:Or else you can simply log on to http://www.w3schools.com/, which is a official resource for learning web design and its absolutely free.
I learned the base of almost every part of the web I know from there. I would say you should start (or more of continue there) try some practical applications and pick up some O'Reilly books along the way. It's my opinion that that's really the best way you're going to get what you need, most times (at least for me) university courses were a waste of time, because they had to be for many people, whereas I could gear my learning to myself online.

I know I repeated what's been said, but I think it should be emphasized.

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Post by mystifier » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:25 am

I register on Lynda.com for courses sometimes. There are some great specific courses there, although I am more of a 'book person' myself (eg. Wrox)

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