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Web Page Designer Career Diploma Course Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online Web Page Designer Career Diploma Program consists of courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills employers are looking for. Our online designer school will help you learn to create websites using Adobe® Dreamweaver® software, which is included with your program!

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.

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

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

This lesson discusses the impact of technology on business and society.


  • Understand the impact of technology on business and the economy.
  • Study social implications of technology, its benefits and its trends.
  • Review technology careers and what skill sets they require.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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®

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.

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.

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.

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.

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

Surround Sound Support

Surround Sound Support

Whether you prefer chat, text, email, or phone, our faculty is here to help you achieve your goals. Penn Foster students also have access to our expert team of Success Coaches to help with budgeting for your education, career guidance, or simply some extra motivation.

Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Tools

Our customizable goal-setting tools will help you create a schedule and stick to it. Need some extra time to complete a lesson or take an exam? Not a problem — you can adjust your study plan at any time to set a pace that works for you.
Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Tools
Penn Foster Student Community

Student Community

Looking to connect with other Penn Foster students? Our Student Community is the perfect place for you to interact with your peers — as well as Penn Foster faculty and staff — to discuss your online learning experience, congratulate fellow students, and share your Penn Foster experience.

Sample Web Page Designer Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Web Page Designer course would look like.
Dressmaking and Design Sample Lesson
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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