Course tailored to would-be web designers

For anyone who has ever considered becoming a website designer or is interested in upgrading their web design skills, a new course, designed to enable participants to create their own websites, is being offered this month.

A project of Sage Communications, the Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 course will be taught by a certified Macromedia instructor and developer from the USA, who is experienced in delivering customized onsite technical training throughout the United States and worldwide.

Training takes place from 17-19 November from 9am to 4pm daily and will be held at Micro Matrix at Centennial Towers, just by the West Bay four-way stop.

The course is limited to 10 participants, in order to ensure one-on-one interaction with the instructor and will provide comprehensive instructions on understanding how web pages work; creating and managing websites; adding graphics and links to pages; designing with tables and style sheets; creating templates; creating 508-compliant code; adding java script and editing html code.

Experience with basic software programmes such as Microsoft Word and in browsing the web will be useful for participants.

‘By the end of this course, each participant will have the skills required to create a website, whether as a hobby or for serious commercial pursuit,’ says course organizer, Debbie Hand.

Ms Hand, a graphic designer who has provided web design and maintenance services to a number of local and international clients, notes that the training should be of particular interest to business owners and managers who often pay enormous prices for their web maintenance.

‘This course can provide the basic knowledge and tools necessary to maintain their own sites, thereby saving their company money. It is also very useful for senior high school students who may want to jumpstart a career in website development or determine if web site creation is for them,’ she notes.

Each participant will receive a copy of Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 : Training from the Source by Khristine Annwn Page, which will serve as a guide for the class. They will also receive contact information of all course participants in order to assist with their own networking at the end of the training.

As a further incentive to students, Sage Communications is also offering discounts on hosting their new website for one year.

Beyond the Macromedia Dreamweaver course, the organisers are also aiming to offer training in Photoshop – from beginner to pro, Learning basic Illustrator, InDesign and/or Flash and HTML programming.

Registration deadline is 11 November and interested persons are urged to sign up early as space is limited. The course outline can be downloaded in pdf format from www.sagecomm.net or persons wishing further information may call 946-6064/929-9134.

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