Are you a newbie looking to start a career in web design? or even a professional looking to learn new techniques? There are many online courses available to teach basic design and new technologies.
In this post, we have shortlisted the best places to find web design online courses and provide our thoughts on which one best facilitates learning. There may be other providers whose pricing, learning styles or subjects may better bridge your knowledge gap. But, if you are looking for a provider who covers broad design topics, these are the ideal options for you.
- Treehouse (from £20 per month)
Treehouse is a platform which offers over 300 training videos. The video training covers many web disciplines and is a viable option for all skill levels. With all lessons updated regularly and new content uploaded weekly, you’ll never be behind on industry trends!
You are able to learn at your own pace, making it ideal for full-time workers. The platform also has interactive quizzes to test your understanding of a topic. On completion of the quizzes, you receive new badges on your profile page; aiding motivation.
From a recruitment perspective, being on Treehouse is beneficial. Many companies use Treehouse to aid their employment process. So if you are well established or even brand new to the industry, your presence on the platform could open you up to many new job opportunities.
- LinkedIn Learning (from £19.99 per month)
Founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and integrated into LinkedIn in 2015, LinkedIn Learning – previously known as Lynda – is ideal for beginner and intermediate level design courses.
Accessible by LinkedIn users, Learning serves you with the most relevant training content. It also provides more than 500 web designing courses. It is not as easy to navigate course content as Treehouse but the topics covered are equally as diverse.
- Udemy (from £11.99 per course)
Udemy is different from Treehouse and LinkedIn Learning. Where those two platforms curate their courses, Udemy is a marketplace containing web design courses.
Despite this difference, there are some excellent user-submitted courses on the site. Although employers are unlikely to see completing a Udemy course as ‘proper qualification’, they can provide you with additional design skills and knowledge.
Each course on-site includes customer reviews, so you can see which ones other buddy designers have got the most benefit from. The website is also subscription-free.
- Udacity (Price is course dependent)
Setup with the original aim of providing university-style courses, Udacity is a platform which provides vocational courses for professionals and “lifelong learners”.
The courses walk you through the process of a project and based on the learnings, you can apply these to your own project. Courses are typically short-term, however, there are some long-term courses where there are set times to tune into lessons.
- Skillshare (from £7 per month)
Skillshare is an online marketplace like Udemy. Like Treehouse, it provides video-based courses, including web design courses, and is perfect for beginner and intermediate levels. Like Udemy, the quality of the course content does vary. But, the number of topics covered is vast; from mobile responsiveness to eCommerce web design. This makes it a great place for filling knowledge gaps.
So…which web designing learning platform is best?
From a course quality perspective, we recommend Treehouse. And, there are many reasons why.
Firstly, it’s clever features help motivate you to complete the courses. When committing to learning, it is easy to get distracted. But, with the interactive challenges and badge scheme, it’ll be hard for you not to want to complete.
Secondly, it is a recognised platform for learning which many employers value. If you are able to complete the course and it improves your recruitment prospects in the process, it is a no brainer.
Lastly, Treehouse’s quality and ever-changing content. With the Treehouse platform, you will always be learning in the present. As technologies and trends change, so will elements of their courses. As a specialist in web design, or in fact any industry, it is important to be in the know about the latest techniques.
Are these elements crucial to your learning path? If not, try some of the highly rated web design courses on the Udemy, Udacity or Skillshare. However, bear in mind that these do not have the same level of recognition from recruiters.
Before signing up to a platform or a course from one of the marketplaces, you need to think about how you learn. Does the course suit your learning style? If the teaching method doesn’t work for you, you could waste money.
Whatever you choose to do, it is important that you engage with the content and learn. If you are unable to do this, you are not achieving your initial goal for self-development.