Design Your Own Website for Beginners

About the course

Due to the latest government coronavirus guidelines, we have reviewed and updated our short course provision. All courses are subject to change and if you have any questions, please contact the short course office for further information.

Please click here for the online short course

Whether you want to design websites for fun, as a hobby, as a career, as a skill or as part of your job, this 10-week course provides a broad, supportive, fun, friendly and reasonably fast paced environment that includes tutor led teaching, open discussions, self-paced activities, group based challenges and supported with handouts, individual help, guidance and feedback.

In addition to embarking on a journey of website design, development and publishing you will also have the opportunity to design and build your own site using a range of industry standard tools and systems.  For those students who would like to improve their technical knowledge we will also be dipping into wider topics such as, ‘what the Internet and World-Wide-Web is’, ‘how search engines work’, ‘what search engine optimisation is and why it is important’ and for example, ‘how domain names work’, etc.

The course will cover:

  • Anatomy of Web Pages
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Design Principles
  • HTML & CSS
  • Building Content
  • Publishing and Accessing Sites
  • Designing Your Site
  • Building Your Site
  • Testing Your Site
  • Site Review & Expanding Your New Skills

Course expert

Mike Watkins

Course dates

This course runs on Wednesdays from 19.00 to 21.30 on the following dates:

  • 26 Janaury to 30 March 2022

Course length

10 weeks

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or

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 you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers. 

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

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement. 

Where to find us

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link

Teaching methods and course structure

Week 1 - Topic: Anatomy of Web Pages

Lesson Aims: Introduce the principle components, structures and systems associated with the setup and design of websites and pages

Week 2 - Topic: Tools of the Trade

Lesson Aims: Investigate the tools and techniques associated with the creation, design and management of web pages and sites

Week 3 - Topic: HTML & CSS

Lesson Aims: Explore and use HTML construction elements and CSS styling techniques to build a web page

Week 4 - Topic: Design Principles

Lesson Aims: Discuss and explore important design principles associated with the creation of engaging web pages

Week 5 - Topic: Building Content

Lesson Aims: Explore and review the impact of website content on website design

Week 6 – Topic: Publishing and Accessing Sites

Lesson Aims: Explore the methods, services and techniques associated with publishing and promoting a website

Week 7 – Topic: Designing Your Site

Lesson Aims: Use appropriate tools and techniques to create a design mock-up for a personal, multipage website

Week 8 – Topic: Building Your Site

Lesson Aims: Use appropriate tools and techniques to build a designed, multipage website

Week 9 - Topic: Complete & Test Your Site

Lesson Aims: Plan and test the functionality of a completed, individually designed, multipage website

Week 10 - Topic: Site Review & Expanding Your New Skills

Lesson Aims: Discuss, present and peer-review a multipage website



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
26/01/202230/03/2022Wednesdays - 19:00 to 21:30£290Apply online