Web Designer



OFO No: 251302





Other names for Web Designer:

  • Html Coder / Developer
  • Internet Developer
  • Web Editor / Designer
  • Web Programmer
  • Web Publishing Advisor
  • Website Architect
  • Website Developer

What is a Web Designer?

Web Designer’s job is to create exciting and functional websites that people will return to.

Web Designers work with web developers/programmers to plan, build, and maintain websites either working freelance, on contract or consultancy for companies/government, or as part of marketing/advertising firms.

Web Designer’s create and design the front end of World Wide Web (www.) applications. The front end of a website is what everyone sees, like the exterior of a car. Whereas, the back end, what a web developer creates, is like the engine under the hood of a car.

The types of websites Web Designers create are forever expanding.

Here are a few major examples: 

  • Information portals: eg: www.careerplanet.co.za
  • Search engines: eg: Google
  • On-line Business sites: eg: Amazon
  • On-line Banking sites: eg: Standard Bank
  • Social networking sites: eg: Facebook
  • Entertainment sites: eg: YouTube

What does a Web Designer do?

  • identifies the market – who the potential users are
  • liaises with clients – understanding their vision and requirements
  • negotiates contracts with clients
  • designs layout, colour and fonts
  • designs graphics
  • creatse artistic and user-friendly functions
  • improves the SEO (search engine optimization), the ranking on search engines
  • re-designs existing websites for clients

Are you …?

  • artistic?
  • computer savvy?
  • knowledgable about the Web?
  • a good listener?
  • imaginative?
  • organized?
  • work well under pressure?

How do I become a Web Designer?

Very successful Web Designers have a background and/or training in graphic design.  For here, they will move into becoming a Web Designer.

There are many study options to becoming a Web Designer. 


National Diploma in Information Technology 

Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology (BTech)

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosutho University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Walter Sisulu University


Bachelor Degree of Information Technology


Courses at Private Institutions:


They offer a Web Development Course: CLICK HERE

  • Become a Web Developer / Website Designer today!
  • You will learn how to write computer programmes for websites as well as learn how to ‘design’ one.
  • You will use both internet programming tools as well as graphic computer packages.
  • If you enjoy computers, this may be the career for you!



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Graphic Designer … or … Art Director … or … Computer Game Designer

Is becoming a Web Designer the right career choice for me?