Online Portfolio Design Course

Web Portfolio Design

You're a designer, and you're good at designing. But design skills are one thing, and selling these skills is another story entirely. This online portfolio design course provides a practical guide for designers who want to showcase their work to potential clients via the Internet. You'll learn how to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a designer, selecting works that best highlight your talents. Through feedback and critique from a professional Web designer, you'll be guided through the process of creating and publishing your own online portfolio.

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A step-by-step guide to creating your online portfolio

Instructor-Led Course

Feedback from design professionals

Creative Projects

Stretch your skills, grow your portfolio

Learn at Your Own Pace

Self-paced and scheduled programs available
Course Outline
Preview course topics and assignments.

1 - Planning Your Portfolio

Your portfolio site is a reflection of your professional identity, and is often the first exposure a prospective client has to your work. In the first lecture, you will gain inspiration from professional designers and learn approaches for effective portfolio design and content selection. You'll conduct a personal assessment of your skills and goals and you will visualize your personal style through mood boards, all building up to creating your first page comps in the exercise.

Project - Portfolio planning

2 - Creating Your Portfolio

Lecture Two focuses on selecting pieces of work and building the Web pages needed to showcase them. You will explore means of choosing and categorizing your best work samples, learn how to write effective supporting text, and learn how to prepare your image files for optimal viewing. You'll then turn your attention to page building, constructing HTML- and CSS-based pages from your comps and following Web standards and best practices.

Project - Portfolio selections

3 - Finalizing and Promoting Your Portfolio

At this point in the course, you'll have a pretty clear idea of what your site will be like. You'll have decided upon your structure, work samples, explanatory text, and design. Polishing these features into an optimal working portfolio site and delivering it to the world is what Lecture Three is all about. You'll learn how to add search engine optimization techniques, create a social media and blog presence, and track your site's traffic.

Project - Portfolio launch

Course Objectives
Building skills? Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn in this course:
  • Incorporate research, personal style, career aspirations, and professional skill sets into a portfolio site plan.
  • Develop formal and informal mood boards to guide the portfolio site design process.
  • Apply best practice guidelines for layout, navigation, content selection, HTML and CSS coding, and file structure as they apply to portfolio Web sites.
  • Select portfolio work samples that reflect the goals of the designer and the portfolio site.
  • Effectively categorize work samples and apply navigation that allows for easy viewing of work samples.
  • Write effective supporting text to accompany portfolio work samples.
  • Create visual comps and polished drafts that guide development of the portfolio site pages.
  • Apply basic techniques for polishing site content and planning for future site expansion.
  • Use social media and blogging to build an interactive professional presence.
  • Apply basic search engine optimization and tracking techniques to build and improve the portfolio site's traffic.
Course Registration

Interested in this course? Scheduled and self-paced enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree or certificate program.

Course LevelClasses startRegistration FeeTechnology FeeTuition
Degree course
1.5-credit course, 7 weeks
Jan, May, Aug$200$50/semester$375/credit
Vocational course
30 hour course, 3 months access
Enroll today, start tomorrow$50$25/course$334
* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.

Software and Supplies

To take this course you'll need:

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop or equivalent program.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver or equivalent program and/or strong HTML and CSS coding skills.
  • Basic experience in the above software.

Who’s Teaching

Course developed by Catherine George

Student Feedback

The instructors have top credentials and experience and are always there to offer a new perspective, as well as valuable coaching and mentoring. - Myriam Keaton, Associate Degree in Graphic Design.

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