Web Design online short course

Course starts 5 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
5 October 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


As the virtual face of a company, websites are a key component of many businesses’s marketing and branding strategies. For this reason, organisations across industries value the skills of professionals who can create engaging web pages that set the company’s brand apart from the crowd.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Web Design online short course introduces you to the building blocks of web design, and aims to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to build a strong online presence for yourself or your company.

You’ll learn information architecture best practices, develop a basic understanding of coding languages, and discover how to test and publish online pages that render well across devices.

Throughout the course, you’ll apply your learnings to produce a four-page website, and you’ll have the chance to present your work to peers for feedback in a series of group ‘crit’ sessions.


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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The skills to write basic HTML code and style a web page using CSS
  • The ability to edit and optimise graphics and content for web use
  • An understanding of the tools and practices involved in responsive and interactive web design
  • A fully functioning four-page website that’s responsive and optimised for search
  • A certificate from Africa’s leading universityas proof of your new skills

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Is this course for you?

This course is designed for professionals who want to advance their career prospects and unlock new opportunities in the fields of web design, graphic design, art direction, and digital marketing.

It’s suited to those who are eager to ensure that their skills remain relevant in the digital age, and all individuals who want proof of existing web design expertise in the form of a UCT certificate of completion. Do note, students must purchase their own domain names for this course.

Course curriculum

Learn how to test and publish web pages as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to Web Design
  • Module 2 Planning a website: Content and structure
  • Module 3 Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
  • Module 4 Image Optimisation for the Web
  • Module 5 Visualising a website: Colours, images, fonts, and layout
  • Module 6 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Module 7 Styling HTML5 with CSS
  • Module 8 Responsive web design
  • Module 9 Writing web-optimised copy and linking pages
  • 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



Senior Lecturer, Media Studies and Production, University of Cape Town

Dr Ronald Irwin is a professional lecturer and writer. He was the Writer-in-Residence for the University of Cape Town’s prestigious MA in creative writing in 2008 after teaching in the programme for 10 years. He has taught in the Centre for Film and Media Studies since 2009 . Irwin is the author of the novel Flat Water Tuesday, and has written dozens of online and offline articles for outlets such as CNN, Men's Health, and Brandchannel.

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

Develop basic web design skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 5 October 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 an Enrolment Advisor 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 Advisor 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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.