Graphic & Web Design

Master Teacher: Josiah Pierce
Duration: One-semester course offered in fall and spring (17 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $349 for HSLDA Members / $399 for non-members.

Description: Graphic & Web Design is an introduction to front-end web development. Students will code a website using HTML and CSS, and design graphics using image editing software.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Fall: August 23, 2021 – December 17, 2021
Spring: January 10, 2022 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Mondays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern Mr. Josiah Pierce

Section 2
Fall: Closed
Spring: Open

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern Mr. Josiah Pierce
Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What kind of computer do I need for Graphic & Web Design?

    For Graphic & Web Design, students will need a laptop or desktop computer with Windows, MacOS or Linux operating system on it.

    Minimum requirements are:

    • Intel 2nd generation i3 or higher processor
    • Any Macbook, iMac, or MacBook Pro from 2012 or later
    • No Chromebooks
  • What topics will I learn about in Graphic & Web Design?

    Graphic & Web Design is an introduction to front-end web development. Students will code a website using HTML and CSS, and design graphics using image editing software.

    In the first section of the course the student will get familiar with the planning, creation, production and maintenance phases of web design. Very early in the course the student will be exposed to HTML & CSS which will enable them to code a fully fledged website. The students will also be familiarized with some more advanced languages that give websites some interactivity like Javascript. The first section will be finalized with tools for easy development like Bootstrap and Zurb Foundation.

    In the second part of the course the student will get familiar with design concepts, tools to design with and of course will get started designing their own art in the form of logos, brochures and eventually professional mockups that they can use to create websites.

    Every student will have a professional looking website at the end of the course that will also function as their practical final assignment.

  • How much homework is in Graphic & Web Design?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Recorded lecture
    • Class discussion
    • Discussion application assignment
    • Worksheet
    • Quiz
  • What books will I use in Graphic & Web Design?

    The official booklist for Graphic & Web Design is available now. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take Graphic & Web Design?

    This is a high school-level course. Students are expected to read and comprehend at a high school level, to study independently, and to keep up with course assignments. They must take the initiative to study the syllabus, remain aware of course deadlines, be prepared for live class sessions, and ask for help when help is needed.

    We have specifically designed the Graphic & Web Design course to appeal to students who are complete beginners and for students that have taken the Computer Skills course.

    This course is recommended for any students from 10th through 12th grade.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Graphic & Web Design?

    In every HSLDA Online Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Graphic & Web Design class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.

  • What is the tuition for Graphic & Web Design?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $80 on yearlong high school courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!