Web Page Designer

Program Outline

Realize your creative potential as a Web Page Designer with Penn Foster Career School’s Career Diploma Program. Learn how to design eye-catching web pages for yourself and for others. With Penn Foster Career School, you can train at home and at a pace that's right for you, and you can complete this program in as little as six months!

Here's how it works
You receive the first course as soon as your enrollment has been accepted, and other courses will follow as you complete your exams.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:


Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal
To prepare students to gain entry-level employment as a web page designer by learning the aesthetic and technical aspects of creating engaging web sites.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Examine the role of technology in business and society, including trends and their implications for the future
  • Describe how to navigate and troubleshoot Windows, including how to create shortcuts, customize your computer, and manage system settings and tools
  • List basic editorial guidelines and procedures and recognize how they are applied to a create a well-written document
  • Describe the factors that must be considered before a document can be laid out in a page layout program, and recognize the elements of a well-designed web page
  • Identify a variety of typefaces and recognize how to select typefaces for your document
  • Differentiate between digital art file formats, including raster and vector graphics
  • Describe HTML and other web languages (XHTML, CSS, JavaScript), including the processes of using tags, creating hyperlinks, and incorporating graphics
  • Design webpages using HTML, integrating graphics and links
  • Recognize the qualities of good websites and the processes that go into creating websites
  • Create and add pages to websites using Dreamweaver, one of the most popular applications for designing and developing websites
  • Describe e-commerce and factors that go into setting up an online business, including Internet security issues and the measures taken to protect e-commerce
  • Identify the principles of file transfer protocol, file types, Internet connections, and file-transfer speed



Managing and Supporting Windows®
This lesson is packed with information about the Windows® operating system and shows you how you can make the program work for you.


  • Customize the start menu.
  • Create shortcuts.
  • Customize Windows® schemes, themes, and options.
  • Maintain your computer with system tools.

Advanced Windows®
In this lesson, you’ll learn higher-level concepts about Windows.®


  • Set system settings.
  • Configure hardware.
  • Use system tools.
  • Understand system properties.
  • Troubleshoot printing, internet, display, and memory problems.

Practical Exercise: Troubleshooting Windows®
Inevitably, something will go awry with computers, so you’ll need to be ready to fix problems with Windows.® In this practical exercise, you'll complete five activities that will guide you through some of the most common problems you’ll encounter.

Essential Web Publishing Skills
You’ll want your web designs to be eye-catching, but you’ll also want them to be error-free.


  • Understand elements of a well-written document.
  • Edit and proofread copy.
  • Apply different editorial style and editing guidelines and procedures.
  • Learn tips to improve your keyboarding skills.

Elements of Design
Even before you turn your computer on to begin your design, you’ll need to plan and take preliminary steps.


  • Plan your designs taking into consideration the subject, audience, illustrations, charts, graphs, type, page elements, spacing, style, and publishing.

Computer Graphics
Graphics are a vital part of web design.


  • Learn computer graphics formats.
  • Apply appropriate graphics (illustrations, photographs, animation, video capture).
  • Understand electronic publishing process, and multimedia production.

Cascading Style Sheets
Style sheets will save you time in web development.


  • Identify the types of style sheets, their functionality, and cross-browser techniques related to cascading style sheets.

HTML Coding
You'll discover HTML so you can design and build your web site.


  • Create a simple HTML web page that contains lists, links, images, and tables
  • Recognize how to add forms, extra markup, flash, video, and audio
  • Make a web page using CSS rules and CSS elements
  • Identify elements in HTML5, aspects of design theory, and practical tips for launching a site

Additional Course Material
Textbook: HTML & CSS Design and Build Websites

Using Dreamweaver,® Part 1
This lesson is the first part of a two-part tutorial on Dreamweaver.®


Use the visual authoring tool, Dreamweaver® software, to design and develop web sites.

Use coding tools and features that allow you to edit coding like HTML, XML, XHTML.

Publish your website.

Additional Unit Materials
Software and Textbook: Adobe® Dreamweaver®

Using Dreamweaver,® Part 2
This lesson is the second part of a two-part tutorial on Dreamweaver.®


  • Use Dreamweaver® Help and Accessibility.
  • Publish to a remote site.

Graded Projects: Using Dreamweaver®
Use your new skills to complete real-life projects. Create a small business gallery portrait web site, an animal web site, and a café web site.

Internet Security
The Internet is a vast and open network accessed by legitimate users as well as destructive intentions.


  • Learn about Internet and personal security.
  • Understand network and enterprise security.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up an Internet business.


  • Design a web site for an Internet business.
  • Learn about the business of online selling.
  • Understand the inventory, equipment, and software needed to start an online business.
  • Design a virtual storefront.
  • Process sales and associated payments.

Introduction to Internet Programming
In addition to web design, programming plays a big part in developing web pages.


  • Identify the types of web pages that could be designed, servers and operating systems, programming languages, browser plug-ins, and web site development applications.

Uploading Web Pages
Part of your responsibility will be to get your web pages onto web servers.


  • Learn the principles of file transfer protocol, file types, Internet connections, and file-transfer speed.

Graded Project: Security and E-Commerce Project
Hone your research skills so you can keep up with the changing trends on the Internet. Keep a portfolio of web terms, Internet server providers (ISPs), and e-commerce sites and how these sites work.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.

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