Front-End
Web Development

10-Week Technology Course

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Learn Core Skills

Design and code beautiful websites

Design and code beautiful, interactive client-facing websites

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript websites

Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript and host your work using GitHub pages

Master technical vocabulary

Stand out from the resume stack: Master the skills you need to independently build and modify websites

Meet the team who's here for you

Our educational excellence is a community effort. When you learn at GA, you can always rely on an in-house team of experts to provide guidance and support, whenever you need it.

  • Your Instructor Is An Experienced Professional


    Learn industry-grade frameworks, tools, vocabulary, and best practices from a teacher whose daily work involves using them expertly.

  • Your TAs Are Always Available For Extra Help


    Taking on new material isn't always easy. Through office hours and other channels, our TAs are here to provide you with answers, tips, and more.

  • Your Course Producer Puts Your Success First


    Our alumni love their Course Producers. Yours will be in constant touch to check in one-on-one and keep you motivated throughout the course.

These days, code literacy is an essential skill. You'll learn how to think like a programmer, how to build your first website and so much more..

Emerson Taymor
Managing Director, Co-Founder philosophie Inc

Emerson Taymor

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Unit 1: The Basics

HTML Basics

  • Apply HTML tags: <head>, <link>, <script>, <style>, <meta> to web pages
  • Apply tags to HTML documents to effectively section content
  • Differentiate between the various image file types
  • Predict image paths and apply relative paths to img src tags
  • Describe how the Internet delivers web pages to the browser

CSS Basics

  • Apply and explain the CSS “cascade” including: importance, specificity and inheritance
  • Differentiate between basic web color principles: RGB, RGBA, hexadecimal color and HSL
  • Experiment with CSS properties and values to change the styling of a page

Advanced CSS

  • Define CSS Box Model, and demonstrate the ability to properly manipulate the "box" around tags
  • Differentiate between classes vs IDs and apply best practices when implementing
  • Select nested elements to apply styling

Page Layout

  • Draw the DOM Tree for web pages containing sections <div>, <section>
  • Apply header, footer, sidebar, and multi-column layouts to develop a web page
  • Experiment and predict effects of floats and clearing CSS positioning
  • Describe the use of Normalize and reset.css files

HTML/CSS Lab

  • Practice web development by transforming a design comp into an HTML and CSS web page

Introduction To Programming

  • Practice programmatic thinking by writing pseudo code to solve a basic problem
  • Define web site behavior and the practical uses of JavaScript
  • Predict DOM output / changes by reading JS code

JavaScript Basics (Variables, Conditionals)

  • Define variables and identify best cases to use them
  • Differentiate between strings, integers and floats
  • Apply conditionals to change the programs control flow
  • Describe arguments as they relate to functions
  • Apply the JS click function

JavaScript Functions

  • Describe arguments as they relate to functions
  • Predict values returned by a given function
  • Differentiate between named and anonymous functions

Intro To jQuery

  • Utilize jQuery tree traversal techniques to access and manipulate DOM elements
  • Utilize jQuery Docs to apply functions

Arrays and Traversing The DOM

  • Apply JS and jQuery knowledge to program a carousel
  • Define arrays and collections
  • Practice using indexes to access array elements

Unit 2: Building In Concert

Lab Session

  • Apply programming skills to plan and build a full website with HTML/CSS and JS

Review and Refactor

  • Apply switch blocks as a replacement for if/else if/else
  • Describe the concept of "this" as it applies within jQuery anonymous functions
  • Define refactoring and describe why it is important
  • Learn the basics of CSS/JS refactoring and be able to apply these concepts to their own code
  • Differentiate ways to debug code and how to apply the concepts to their own code

Responsive Web Design

  • Articulate that responsive design is more design than code
  • Know the difference between fixed and responsive layouts and understand the difference between fluid and elastic layouts
  • Apply media queries to web sites to achieve a responsive layout
  • Implement media queries to change layout on mobile devices

Web Forms

  • Understand what the form tag is used for and what the method, action, and enctype attributes are used for
  • Be able to differentiate the different types of inputs and why/where we would use each
  • Understand how to group elements by name
  • Be able to perform pseudo-styling of input elements that the browser won't let us directly style

Special Topic

  • Instructor and student choice

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GA was an incredible experience. I am so happy I made the commitment to take this class. I think I will look back at this time as a launching point for new things I want to do professionally and creatively with the web.

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Aug 18 – Oct 22


Tue & Thu

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$3,500 USD

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Instructor

Greg Lavallee
Front-End Development Manager, Trove

Greg Lavallee is the Front-end Development Manager at Trove - a personalized social news aggregator. Greg is a full stack engineer who started in SQL and kept going all the way through to JavaScript. His professional experience ranges from database forensics to CMS builds for nonprofits to single page web applications. Greg is passionate about knowing the plumbing of the web and sharing it with others. He also runs the DCJS Meetup.


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Sep 21 – Nov 30


Mon & Wed

6:30pm - 9:30pm

$3,500 USD

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Instructor

Lauren Burton

Lauren is a member of the CHIEF interactive team, championing all aspects of technical strategy and solutions for client engagements. She provides the needed bridge between clients, internal teams, and external partners to create outstanding results. Prior to working at CHIEF, she was a full-stack developer for Taoti Creative and the Human Rights Campaign. With a background in web development and digital marketing, Lauren specializes in CMS development for Drupal, WordPress and ExpressionEngine. Microsoft recognized her as a Young Progressive Leader in 2012 for her technology work with non-profits.


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Oct 10 – Dec 19


Sat

10am - 5pm

$3,500 USD

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Q: Why is this course relevant today?

Building websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript is an essential 21st-century skill. Virtually every industry, from design to journalism to marketing, now requires professionals to work closely with technical teams. The skills you learn in this class will allow you to make edits and updates to your website and communicate more effectively with technical stakeholders, giving you a competitive advantage.

Q: What practical skill sets can I expect to have upon completion of the course?

This course is designed to teach students how to translate their ideas into functional, stylized websites for personal or business purposes. You'll learn how to design and build a site that leverages the principles of user-centric design and will master the technical vocabulary required to communicate your ideas to others.

Q: Who will I be sitting next to in this course?

This is a beginner level course, and therefore a wide range of people sign up. In the past we’ve had:

  • Designers
  • Bloggers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Project Managers
  • Students

Q: Will there be any pre-work?

Yes. Very light. Just download a browser and text editor.

Q: Should I come equipped with anything?

Yes. A laptop (Mac preferred but PC is okay).

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