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Why choose this course?

Want to create your own mobile apps? Look no further. This short course introduces you to an alternative way to create a mobile app using standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript Libraries, avoiding the need to learn multiple different programming languages such as Objective C for iOS, Java for Android and C Sharp for Windows.

This 12 week course introduces you to the fundamental skills required in web and mobile development, providing you with the skills and knowledge to produce an app ready to run on anything from iPhones and iPads to Android and Blackberry devices.

You will learn:

  • HTML5 and how it differs from previous versions of HTML
  • CSS3: the layout and styling language of the mobile web
  • Scripting with JavaScript and several JavaScript frameworks and techniques such as jQuery, jQuery Mobile, JSON and AJAX
  • How to use web services such as Google Maps to increase your app’s functionality
  • How to determine an app user’s location by accessing the built-in geolocation capabilities of the user's smartphone
  • How to convert HTML5 apps into native apps that can be submitted to app stores such as Apple's App Store, Google Play, and Blackberry App World.

By the end of the course, you will gain a good understanding of mobile web technology and will have built your first mobile web app, fit to run on any smartphone or tablet device.

Course dates

On a Tuesday from 19.00 to 21.30 on the following dates:

  • 24 September to 10 December 2019 (12 week course)

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

We therefore encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses are to be made online through the universities online booking system before a course commences. Students are therefore not permitted to enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts without prior arrangement. 

Address and directions

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions, visit our helpful "Where to Find Us" page.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/legal/cancellation-right

Entry requirements...

To be able to maintain the pace of this course you should: -

  • Have computer skills that are above a basic level 
  • Have some experience using programs such as Word or Photoshop
  • Be expected to navigate files and folders on a computer and understand how to use Google's Search Engine



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
24/09/201910/12/2019Tuesdays 19.00 to 21.30£350Apply online

Teaching methods

This course will be made up of 12 weeks of sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours.

Week 01 - The Basics of Mobile Apps and App Design

Week 02 - Building Your First Mobile App

Week 03 - Introducing HTML5 with CSS3

Week 04 - Scripting with JavaScript

Week 05 - Creating mobile web app using Bootstrap

Week 06 - Creating Mobile App with jQuery Mobile

Week 07 - Accessing Device Features and Storage

Week 08 - Web APIs and Mashups

Week 09 - HTML5 Graphics and Animation

Week 10 - Optimizing for Mobile Devices

Week 11 – Responsive Design

Week 12 - Convert Your App to a Native App