Learn the language of the web and how to construct websites – no previous experience required
The course is made up of four three-hour classes at the Guardian over consecutive weeks, with approximately two hours of work to do from home each week. You'll need access to your own computer for the homework, with remote support and feedback. No special software is required besides a text editor (Notepad or similar is fine!) and a modern web browser.
Sessions will cover:
- Building a basic website framework suitable for use across different browsers and devices
- Customising page design and styling elements and components
- The basics of setting up hosting for your website
The course will be technical in nature, but is aimed at people who may not have written any code before. You may want to learn web standards for your job, or have a website in mind that you would like to build. Students should be confident using computers (we will be working on Macs), and comfortable using the web and online tools.
Classes will consist of a lecture-style introduction to a topic, followed by interactive sections where you'll be writing code and debugging it with help from the tutor. Previous coding experience isn't necessary but confidence working with different files and your web browser should be all you'll need to engage.
This course is for you if...
- You want to build a new website of your own, for personal or business reasons
- Your job requires you to know the functional basics of web design
- You're working with or commissioning web developers and want to better understand the language and parameters of the job
You may also be interested in our How to work with web developers course.
The lead tutor is Matt Andrews, a lead client-side web developer at the Guardian. Matt has worked at the Guardian for over three years and has worked on products including the Guardian's new mobile website which uses responsive design techniques, as well as the Guardian Facebook app and various bits and bobs on the desktop website. Matt studied English at university in Leeds and is therefore keen to emphasise that a degree in Computer Science or similar isn't a requirement for building websites - all you need is curiosity, creativity and a desire to learn. You can find out a bit more about Matt via his personal site (mattandrews.info) or on twitter at @mattpointblank.
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Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.
Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.
Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.
The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.