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CIW Web Design Specialist Level 4 Online Course

The CIW Web Design Specialist online course is for the individual who wants to develop the skills necessary to specialise in Web site design.

In this web design specialists course, you will build upon your basic Web authoring skills to learn the essentials and best practices of Web design, including design theory, tools and technologies.

  • Web site development essentials, including the site development process, customer expectations, and ethical and legal issues in Web development.
  • Web design elements, including aesthetics, the site user's experience, navigation, usability and accessibility.
  • Basic Web technologies, including Hypertext Markup Language [HTML], Extensible HTML [XHTML] and extended technologies, image files, GUI site development applications, and site publishing and maintenance.
  • Advanced Web technologies, including multimedia and plug-in technologies, client-side and server-side technologies, and Web databases.
  • Popular production tools, including Microsoft Expression Web, and Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash.
  • Design and development technologies, including Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript, Java applets and Dynamic HTML.
  • Current issues in Web design, including the extensibility of design tools, compatibility of these tools, open-source applications and the functionality of current Web browsers

Target audience:

  • Web authors
  • Marketing and communications professionals
  • PR professionals
  • Webmasters
  • Graphic designers
  • Desktop designers
  • Technical writers
  • Library scientists

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: Be able to manage the elements of a website

Manage the website design process
Maintain the website production process
Maintain the ethics of a website

Unit 2: Be able to evaluate a website

Implement site design and layout techniques
Critically review site design and usability
Implement X/HTML in accordance with the current stand

Unit 3: Be able to enhance website structure

Implement X/HTML in accordance with current standards
Enhance a website with X/HTML
Implement a range of images in a site
Implement site GUI elements
Manage the server implementation of the web site

Unit 4: Be able to manage the client/server side of technologies

Implement rich media technologies on a website
Manage client and server-side scripting
Manage database integration
Manage search engine optimisation
Manage RSS feeds and syndication


Entry Requirements

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Students taking this course need a basic understanding of Internet functionality and tools, and X/HTML

Students who do not have the above should consider our CIW Foundations Associate course

Qualification Awarded

Level 4 CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) Web Design Specialist

Awarding body: CIW
Exam ID: 1DO-520

CIW ( Certified Internet Webmaster) Specialist qualifications are qualifications at Level 4, designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in the I.T sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in work. CIW Qualifications carry international recognition. 

Course Duration

Learners are provided with 12-month access to the CIW online learning platform. Take as little or as much time as you want during the support period.

Study Format

Students are able to complete their course online through the CIW student portal. Please allow 48 hours (2 working days) for access to be granted. Access will be emailed to you within this time frame.


Upon enrolment, students will be provided with access to a series of online support/assessment tools. CIW courses are provided on a self-study basis alongside the online resources available supporting the study books.

Students will be given access to online pre-assessment questions, movie clips, practice examination & virtual labs to aid you in preparing for your CIW examinations. The CIW also provide a 24 online support facility for registered students.

Books – Coursebooks for each major content area teach in-depth knowledge and skills with easily digestible narrative and hands-on labs. An Exam Study Guide provides condensed study material on the specific skills objectives you need to master for the exams. A Companion CD containing supplemental files is included.

Practice Exams – Web-based CIW Practice Exams provide a personalised study plan to help focus your study and determine skills mastery as you prepare to take a CIW certification exam. Practice Exams feature multiple study modes for adaptive learning, personalized study plans and progress reports, study questions, reference tools, and simulations of actual testing processes.

Virtual Labs – Virtual labs are designed to teach, in an engaging manner, about the most important, cutting-edge concepts in Web design. The labs are easy to use and provide hands-on experience with the Web’s most popular design software and tools in one easy-to-access location.

Additional online resources – Also provided is online access to movies, course review questions, exercises and flashcards. You’ll have everything you need to prepare for your CIW certification exam.

CIW Certification Exam Vouchers – When you’re ready to take a high-stakes CIW certification exam, simply contact the Pearson VUE or Prometric testing centre near you to schedule it. Take your voucher with you to sit for your exam – it’s already paid for. Find a VUE or Prometric Testing Center.

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Exam Information

Exams are not included within the fees paid to UK Open College. However, it’s very simple to book your own examinations as and when you choose. Simply visit the CIW website here for further information


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