• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Pia van Gelder
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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Front-End web design is concerned with the design and production of website elements that directly shape a user’s experience of a site. Front-end web has a broad scope, encompassing elements such as typography, layout, visual aesthetics, interface behaviours, and information architecture. It is a highly dynamic, burgeoning field of practice that is the creative engine-room of the modern web. This course provides a hands-on foundation in front-end web, introducing students to its fundamental concepts, theories, production practices and core technologies such as HTML, CSS and Javascript. The skills and knowledge acquired in this course are versatile and powerful, and will be of value to students from any field of study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Expertly apply and adapt front-end web concepts, technologies and practices.
  2. Define technical and cultural constraints of a specific context and develop innovative solutions.
  3. Conduct research into design artefacts and processes, and expertly apply findings to creative production.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of design as a critical research practice and substantiate process and outcomes.

Indicative Assessment

Project proposal, 1500 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
Production project (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Project rationale, 1500 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress.

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN2006.

Preliminary Reading

Marcotte, E. (2011). Responsive web design. New York: A Book Apart.
Keith, J., & Zeldman, J. (2010). HTML5 for web designers. New York: A Book Apart.
Cederholm, D., & Zeldman, J. (2010). CSS3 for web designers. New York: A Book Apart.
Robbins, J. N. (2012). Learning web design: A beginner's guide to HTML, CSS, Javascript, and web graphics. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9462 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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