Web Developer Foundation

The Web Developer Foundation is a comprehensive part time Certificate program, designed to give students a solid foundation in the principles of Web Development. The course is taught over 10 weeks in two weekly evenings sessions or on Saturdays, and is designed to teach our students the skills, tools and software being used in today's industry.

Next start date Apr 17, 2017
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Web Developer Foundation Overview

The Web Developer Foundation is a 60 hour part-time program designed to give our students a solid foundation in the skills and technologies used by today’s web developers, with a specific focus on front end technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You will learn the essentials in how to create the front end interfaces for interactive websites and applications.

The Web Developer Foundation program is designed to be a thorough introduction to professional web development. Through this program you’ll learn the essential technical skills of front-end web development including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and jQuery.




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What you'll learn

Master the web’s markup language and craft well-structured, semantic HTML.
Style pages to be elegant, responsive web experiences for users, and explore adding interactivity via CSS3 transitions.
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Responsive Web Design
Build websites that flexibly and effortlessly adapt to different device contexts.
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Git and GitHub
Learn how to add version control to your development environment with Git, as well as how to distribute your code on GitHub.
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UX & Wireframing
Create user-centered websites through prototyping and wireframes.
Learn the basics of programming in JavaScript with essential concepts such as variables, loops, functions, and arrays.
Bring your websites to life with jQuery and use it to interact with popular web APIs using Ajax.
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Learn about CSS preprocessors and how they can dramatically speed up your development workflow.

Alumni Stories

Sharan Sumal, RED Alumni Web Development
Sharan Sumal
Winter 2016

During my research on other schools, RED definitely came out on top. I love the RED environment, teaching style, and having such a great support system from others.
Learning the foundation skills of Web Development was awesome, I learned a lot and it provided me enough information to ready myself to learn more in the field. I definitely encourage others to take the program, even if you have a small interest just dive in, you won’t regret it. It is a great investment for yourself and your career.


Web Developer Course Vancouver -Johnny Ji
Johnny Ji
Instructor, JavaScript Developer

Johnny is a skilled developer currently working in Ruby on Rails, React.js, and Node.js, and loves creating his own products from start to finish, participating in every aspect from design to databases. Johnny’s daily focus is JavaScript, which he loves teaching to students at RED. Johnny is most inspired by the ability to create amazing products that can change someone’s world in some way. “Tech is simply a means to an end to create products. At the end of the day, I will always be product first.” Two fun facts about Johnny: firstly, he is a Guinness World Record Holder. Secondly: when he’s not coding, he can be spotted appearing on TV from time to time on various shows and commercials.

Web Developer Course Vancouver - Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen
Instructor, Web Developer

Minh was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and came to Canada to further expand on his career in the web and software industry. Web technologies have always been a big part of Minh’s life. For the past 5 years he’s been working with applications like CMS frameworks, e-commerce, web services, CRM integration, and AngularJS, just to name a few. With plans of expanding his skillset in the mobile application industry, he’s continually fascinated by the fast movement of web technology. There’s no better feeling than when he can build a web application to serve for a business or individual. Currently a web developer at Drive Digital, he’s mainly working with PHP related environment now, his first love.

Web Developer Course Vancouver - Grahame Jones
Grahame Jones
Instructor, Web Developer

With six years of experience under his belt, Grahame Jones is a welcome addition to our team of mentors. His tech-based interests reside in Drupal and WordPress, as well as website and server performance and security. He looks to Elon Musk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Degrasse Tyson and deep space objects for continuous inspiration. Excited about the future of tech, Grahame is looking forward to the day when web combines with virtual reality, delivering a fully immersive and interactive future for digital experiences. When not at Drive Digital or RED Academy, you’ll find Grahame on the slopes. He’s most likely one of the top 30 fastest skiers up at Whistler or Blackcomb on any given day.

Web Developer Course Vancouver - Blaze Kroeger
Blaze Kroeger
TA, Web Developer

Fresh to Web Development but definitely not the world of tech, Blaze is part of the first cohort of RED Academy graduates. Immersed in computers since the age of 3 and casual hardcore gamer PC since the age of eight, Blaze has always had a great interest in programming and web development. Where he lacks years of experience, he makes up for with his endless curiosity and desire to learn. As a recent RED student, Blaze brings the valuable student point of view to the instructor team. The work and contribution he had to his class at RED reflects his impact in the workforce. Blaze is a fan of mini dance parties and team coding sessions and is one of the friendliest people we know.


What's the difference between full-time and part-time programs?

The part time program is a gentle but thorough introduction to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It’s designed for people who have very little experience with computers and the internet.

The full-time program is intensive, and is designed to give students the requisite experience for finding work as a professional front-end web developer when they complete the program.

What are the prerequisites? What do I need to know about coding before I start?

You don’t need any previous experience with HTML, CSS or JS to take the program, but you’ll be better off if you have some familiarity with these things beforehand as the pace of the course is quite brisk. We strongly recommended students work through some introductory tutorials on CodeAcademy.com before starting the program. It will take approximately 8 hours to complete.

What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

You will be able to build a responsive, interactive website that incorporates some JavaScript and that uses version control with Git. The projects in the class are “choose your own adventure” so you get to build a website of your design.

Do I need a Mac for this course?

RED definitely recommends that you use a MacBook for web development, but it is not a requirement for the part-time course. We can accommodate Windows machines in this course.

Will I learn anything about building WordPress themes in this class?

No, this class focuses entirely on front-end development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Building custom WordPress themes requires some knowledge of PHP, which is a server-side scripting language.

However, if you have an existing theme that you want to make some minor style-related changes to, at the end of this course you should feel reasonably empowered to jump into the style.css file for the theme and make your desired changes to the CSS.

Do you have a payment plan or any financing options?

Yes we do. After paying your deposit, there are two options:

1. The remainder of your tuition is paid in full 30 days prior to the term start date. Early bird discounts are available if you pay the first 50% within 60 days of the course start date.
2. The remainder of your tuition is paid in three instalments: 1/3 is paid 30 days prior to the start date of the term, 1/3 is paid on the term start date, and 1/3 is paid 30 days after the term start date. For part-time courses the financing option is +$100 and for full-time it’s +$300, with the fee attached to the first payment.

RED is an affiliate partner with GROW, a Vancouver based lending company that provides a specific type of loan for people that are looking for short-term technical training.

Start dates and pricing

Web Developer Foundation


RED Academy Vancouver

Monday & Wednesday, 6 - 9pm

Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received.

Winter 2017 Cohort January 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Cohort April 17, 2017

Summer 2017 Cohort July 10, 2017

Winter 2017 Cohort October 9, 2017

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

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Vancouver 778 379 7175

Toronto 647 793 2333


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