WordPress Fundamentals_

Evening Short Course
Next Course Begins: 18 May 2020
Length of Course: 3 Weeks
Learn to design and develop websites with an industry trusted Content Management System: WordPress

This WordPress design and development evening course consists of a series of lectures and practical workshops aimed at developing the necessary skills to create and maintain your own personal website or portfolio.
You will be introduced to the WordPress system in order to learn how to build a stunning and original website using the tricks and tools of the user friendly WordPress platform. You will be introduced to the content management systems (CMS) and discover how easily these websites created and how to build and maintain your own content.
This course provides a practical, entry-level focus on how to build content with one of the world’s most popular CMSs, WordPress. By learning the building blocks of this platform – themes, posts, categories, pages, plugins, and widgets – you will go on to design and create your own website and see just how easy it is for anyone to do. 

In this course you will learn the following skills:

Installing and Setting Up

• How to set up a domain and hosting account
• How to install WordPress on CPanel
• How to Use WordPress as a content management system (CMS)
• How to plan and design your website by choosing color schemes, fonts, layouts, and more

The Basics

• How to search for themes in WordPress
• How to select, install, and activate a theme
• How to add posts to your website
• How to create website pages (static pages, home pages)
• How to add images, photo galleries, and other features
• How to use widgets and plugins

Further Customisation

• The basics of how to create an ecommerce site
• Basic coding and customisation

Meet your lecturers_
Jamie Ashton

Currently completing her Master’s degree in Educational Technologies, Jamie is an passionate designer and producer. She focuses on visual communications and how to train up and coming digital creatives to be ready to work in global 21st century industries.

Please note all our lecturers work as a team, and are booked based on their independent schedules. As such, course allocations are subject to change.

I would suggest these classes to anyone – the lecturer can teach novices to extremely experienced learners. He has good classroom management skills and maintains open communication with all learners. This was an excellent learning experience for me.

Lester Vermeulen
Graphic Designer, Zando

Fantastic lecturers who have shown a lot of patience and understanding towards their students.

Nineve Van Zyl
Course Attendee

Great pace and clarity of teaching.

Gary Kramer
Course Attendee

The lecturers supported me in the way I think, and gave me inputs to improve my website.

Sabrina Bruehwiler
Course Attendee

Good paced course. I had fun learning and participating in this course.

Jan Binder
Course Attendee

The lecturer had a great sense of humour, passion for his subject, knowledge and interesting inclusion of discussion of other forms of design.

Kelly Dorrington
Course Attendee

Interactive, fun and confident. The course was loaded with information and ideas.

Elizabeth von Hollstein
Course Attendee

I greatly enjoyed that the lecturer offered ‘industry secrets and tricks’.

Kelly Dorrington
Course Attendee

This module has been great fun and very interesting with regards to capabilities.

Roxanne Fowler
Course attendee

Good learning environment with a friendly lecturer

Ricky Okhiria
Course attendee

The lecturer is great! Very knowledgable and had good insight and experience to share with us.

Andrea Morgan
Course Attendee

All in all a great learning experience and definitely money well spent.

Karien Tolmie
Course Attendee

Busy doing After Effects with Lodi Paul, what a powerhouse of information and inspirational lecturer. True quality education, knowledge and experience it’s opened my world to another dimension in what’s available in the world of advertising, motion graphics, animation and the like. Thanks Lodi

Grant Cyan Williams

The course and lecturer was great. When I didn’t understand something I could always ask without feeling bad. The way in which the course was conducted was great. My overall experience was good and I will definitely come back.

Stacey Okkers
Group Graphic Designer, Vineyard Hotel

Lovely experience, was patiently and thoroughly taught the essentials of After Effects. The course schedule worked perfectly with my work schedule. Everything was easy to understand and helping assistance was always available.

Diandra Mcpherson
Learning and Development, Old Mutual Finance

I have done short courses at a different institution before and I must say that my experience at the Academy of Digital Arts was infinitely better. The lecturer was great, very informative and always willing to help. Even though I had a very good understanding and a lot of experience in After Effects before the course I found that I learnt a lot regardless and got and even better understanding of the program which is what I wanted to achieve. I actually wish the course had been a week or two longer just to gain more knowledge but I think I’ll have to come back to the Academy of Digital Arts for a different course.

Morgana Marengo
Sneaker Lab

I greatly enjoyed studying with the Academy of Digital Arts. Great lecturers and atmosphere, I would definitely come back!

Rebecca Miller
Course Attendee

Shot Academy of Digital Arts for an awesome course. I thought I knew everything when my company signed me up, but you opened my eyes to some great tricks of the trade and work processes.

James van Rensburg
Course Attendee

Was impressed by the material and lecturing style. The trainer was engaging and knowledgeable, and took us step by step through the process. Well structured and polished.

Carla Kloen
Course Attendee

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has been such a significant experience for me because I have never been surrounded with so many people as excited about Concept Art as I am. I’d recommend this course to as many people as I can.

Kalynne Forster
Course Attendee

Great start to begin concept art, really opened my eyes to how objects are created using different values of grey. 10/10. Would recommend to others.

Wesley du Preez
Graphic Designer

A++ for Andrew being the most enthusiastic teacher and knowing his stuff.

Kira Ihlein
Course Attendee

Most focused drawing/painting course I’ve been to, could feel myself improve. Loved it, you’re a brilliant lecturer.

Tessa Wessels
Course Attendee

I have done short courses at a different institution before and I must say that my experience at Friends of Design was infinitely better. The lecturer was great, very informative and always willing to help. Even though I had a very good understanding and a lot of experience in After Effects before the course I found that I learnt a lot regardless and got and even better understanding of the program which is what I wanted to achieve. I actually wish the course had been a week or two longer just to gain more knowledge but I think I’ll have to come back to Friends of Design for a different course.

Morgana Marengo
Sneaker Lab
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Course Requirements: Basic Computer Skills

Students joining this course should have knowledge and understanding of HTML and CSS, as well as responsive design techniques.

 

What do you receive at the end of the course?
You will receive an Academy of Digital Arts Certificate of Completion showing the Apple and Adobe logos, as well as your details and the details of the course you completed.

You will also receive a 2GB Flashstick, which you can keep after the completion of the course.

2020 Course Schedule

18 May – 3 June
24 August – 9 September

Monday – Wednesday, 17h30 – 20h30

Classes on a public holiday will shift to the next available date, arranged by the lecturer.

 

Cost: R5 900

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Register for open day_

We’d love to chat to you.
Next Open Day: 25 January 2020 (Late Applications)
Time: 10:00 for 10:30am

Space is limited so don’t forget to book your spot!

Please note there will be presentations at 10:30am.