Arthur Goldstuck is a journalist, media analyst and commentator on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and he made the statement that the internet can be seen as “The Quiet Engine of the South African Economy”.
With the latest stats from websitesetup.org this is indeed true as:
As per our calculations approximately 380 new websites are created every minute!
380 new website every minute! In this modern world where we rely on websites for so many business functions, the website has truly become the digital hub of enterprises.
STADIO, formerly Prestige Academy, offers two programmes, namely the Higher Certificate in Graphic Web Design on (NQF Level 5) and the Advanced Certificate in Web Development (NQF Level 6) to address this need in the market.
Let’s learn more about these highly sought programmes:
Higher Certificate in Graphic Web Design
This one-year higher certificate will equip students with web design skills and techniques essential to develop interactive websites and animation. This programme includes graphic design because the output will be consumed through a visual medium.
Advanced Certificate in Web Development
This programme builds on the Higher Certificate in Graphic Web Design. It is a vocational qualification that has been developed for the business sector (small, medium and large enterprises).
The content of the programme is based on what is regarded as common practice in the industry today. Students are equipped with all the necessary competencies to perform professionally as a Web Developer in the multimedia and ICT environment.
What will YOU become?
The programme is outcomes-based and covers theory (knowledge) combined with opportunities for the development of specific relevant skills and hands-on experience in the application of new knowledge through work-integrated (experiential) learning.
The specific modules covered in the Higher Certificate in Graphic Web Design (NQF Level 5):
Applied Design (Graphic Design & Illustration; Image Creation & Composition)
XHTML & CSS
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
The specific modules covered in the Advanced Certificate in Web Development (NQF Level 6):
Advanced Database Creation (SQL)
Web Development A (ASP.Net)
Web Development B (PHP & WordPress)
These modules ensure that students learn not only Graphic Website Designing and Development skills, but other transferable skills such as Web Marketing and Entrepreneurship as well.
In Web Marketing students will be equipped with knowledge regarding the marketing of products or services using digital technologies, mainly on websites, but also including mobile phones, display advertising, and any other digital medium.
Web Marketing includes search engine optimisation (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing, social media marketing, e-mail and mobile marketing and Pay-per-Click advertising.
In the module Entrepreneurship, students will learn more about the process of designing, launching and running their own business. This ensures that the programme encompasses many different skills and disciplines not only in the production and maintenance of websites but the efficient marketing of websites for enterprises.
Where could it take me?
At the exit point, the qualified student will be able to function as a website designer and developer, either within an organisation or company or as an entrepreneur.
Here is a list of some future careers available in the field of Graphic Web Design and Graphic Website Development:
- Front End Web Developer
- Website Designer
- Net Developer
- PHP Developer
- Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
- Web Marketer
- Web Project Manager