An Overview of What to Expect
It seems to reason that people who are interested in web design would be interested in receiving their education in their chosen field through the use of online web design courses. How better to express the value of your skill than to utilize it, and how better for a person to be educated in technology than through the use of it?
Perhaps those are some of the reasons that online courses in web design have become so popular. Even as popular and often used as the courses are, for those of us who are accustomed to classroom education, the idea of learning via the web can be a bit intimidating.
How can you know what to expect? How does a certificate or degree from a web-based course in web design stand up against those from classroom study? Well, if you are interested in taking a web design course online, but are unsure what to expect, this guide is here to help.
How does the curriculum compare? What would I learn?
Online courses in web design often mirror (and sometimes even exceed) the course curriculum from a standard classroom classes in web design.
While any web design course would include basics in design, languages, accessibility and management often specialized online schools offer more intensive education on these topics as well as a broad range of other related issues.
What are the benefits of web-based study over classroom study?
Studying web design from an online course is not for everybody, but many people not only benefit from online courses~ but without them would have little or no opportunity for education at all.
Studying at your pace and on your schedule is invaluable for many online students. Particularly those with family or work obligations that would otherwise prevent their education.
Perhaps one of the biggest pros for learning web design through an online course versus classroom study is the cost of tuition.
Accredited colleges offer online courses at a drastically reduced rate from the tuition for attending ‘in person,’ and many private web design schools offer very inexpensive programs via the internet for the same education.
In fact, a prospective web designer can access all the information and training they need on the web for anywhere from free to $5,000, depending on their level of motivation.
Another benefit of deciding to study web design through online courses is that there is no limit to the number of students, in most cases, that can be accepted into a program, thus reducing competition for programs.
This creates the opportunity for even those who don’t have the best academic record to gain entrance into courses that otherwise might not have been available to them.
How does it work?
This is a question whose answer will vary on a case to case basis.
- If you are looking into learning web design through online courses offered by a college, you could expect to apply, pay an application fee and begin classes on a schedule. Financial aid and fees would vary based on course load, choice of schools, etc.
- If you were studying through a private web design school, most of those would offer a pay up front and then begin courses option. Once you were enrolled and had paid your fee, your courses would then be open to you.
In either scenario, one would normally have access to an online classroom and support through email or messaging, as well as an online ‘campus.’
How do I decide if it is right for me?
Deciding whether or not to pursue learning web design through an online course is a personal decision, but there are some questions you should consider.
- Am I a self-starter?
- Can I set a schedule for my classes and stick to it?
- Does the program I am looking at qualify me for the job I am interested in?
- How does one course compare to another?
- Would I be more comfortable working alone or in a classroom setting?
If you do decide to pursue a course in web design online, know that you are in good company. Many web professionals have chosen this route and have created rewarding careers and experiences.