Web Design online short course

Course starts 27 January 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
21 January 2020
Course Starts:
27 January 2020
10 weeks online
7 hours per week
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Research suggests that web design is the most significant component of a website in establishing a user’s trust.*

To remain competitive in your job market, you need to ensure you have the skills required to create, design, and implement a professional website that sets you apart from the crowd.

You have the opportunity to make your mark as a web designer with this online web design short course. Master web design fundamentals like styling with HTML5 and CSS, and learn to create optimised content and graphics.

With a focus on both the practical and theoretical elements of web design, you’ll leave this course with the knowledge and confidence you need to pioneer a unique online presence for you or your company.

*Sillence et al., 2004


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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Understand and put into action basic HTML code
  • Master and implement the skills required to create a four-page website
  • Optimise web graphics and content with the purpose of driving traffic to your website
  • Recognise the purpose of responsive web design (RWD) and interactive design
  • Utilise important industry jargon and tools specific to web design

Course curriculum

Learn how to create a website and master the skills as a web designer that will help you become recognised as a qualified professional as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to Web Design
  • Course Module 2: Planning a website: Content and Structure
  • Course Module 3: Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
  • Course Module 4: Image Optimisation for the Web
  • Course Module 5: Visualising a Website: Colours, Images, Fonts, and Layout
  • Course Module 6: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Course Module 7: Styling HTML5 with CSS
  • Course Module 8: Responsive Web Design
  • Course Module 9: Writing Web-optimised Copy and Linking Pages
  • Course Module 10: Testing, Publishing, and Maintaining a Website

Master the art of web design and kick-start your career

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain the technical design skills necessary to create, maintain, and enhance a website.

Your teaching team

These professionals guide the course design and delivery, and may appear in a number of course videos.


Course Convenor

Thando Ntuja

Tando Ntunja

Media Lecturer at the University of Cape Town

Tando is a lecturer in Media Studies with the UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies. She is also a bilingual multimedia journalist and digital content specialist who produces work in English and isiXhosa. Her areas of research and teaching are in mobile media, ICT4D (Information Communication Technologies for Development), indigenous languages in the digital space and indigenous language radio. Prior to entering academia through the University of Cape Town, she worked in the public, non-profit, community and commercial sectors of the media and research industries, namely: the Rhodes University-based Public Service Accountability Monitor, SABC Radio News, SABC Digital News, Radio 702 and Kagiso Media. Tando holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University and a Master of Arts in Web Innovation Journalism from New York University, which she attained through the support of a Fulbright International Student Scholarship.


Head Tutor

Marianne Smit

Marianne Smit

Web Developer and UX/UI Designer

Marianne Smit has been in the creative and tech industry for over a decade, with a specific focus in web design, web development, visual design, and most recently, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design. Studying with the Stellenbosch Academy of Photography and Design, Smit has gained diverse working experience, from small creative studios to corporate and freelance.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn a certificate of completion from UCT and use it to set yourself apart as a qualified web designer.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 January 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.