Understanding CSS

Characteristics Of This Class:

Mastering web design means really knowing how to use Cascading Style Sheets to display content, but it doesn't have to be scary! This two-night workshop will remove the mysteries, answer your questions, and put CSS into perspective through real world examples.

Even with visual editors like Dreamweaver or WordPress, understanding CSS is essential for customizing layout and appearance. We'll examine the anatomy and syntax of CSS code and show you how to use it effectively to control fonts, backgrounds, borders, positioning, and more. to design your website for elegant, powerful designs.

This workshop will cover:

  • CSS syntax
  • CSS selectors such as: tag, ID, class, and pseudo-classes
  • Writing CSS styles and applying them to HTML
  • Internal vs. external style sheets vs. inline styles
  • Customizing text
  • The role of the < div> tag
  • Using background images and Sprites
  • Positioning site elements with CSS: absolute positioning and floats
  • Best practices for writing CSS
  • Six major concepts that tie everything together

Please note:This workshop takes place on two nights, and both nights are covered in the tuition. This is NOT a Dreamweaver class. You MUST have a solid grasp of HTML to take this workshop!

Who Should Take This:

Aspiring web designers who are comfortable writing HTML by hand and have a grasp of CSS basics but still find it daunting.

Douglas Wray

Douglas Wray

Doug Wray has been working with online information systems since 1984. Starting in science using TeX and LaTeX realtime rendering on Macs progressing to desktop publishing for commercial printing thence into web design. He's used numerous electron-herding methods including HTML and CSS. Sometime in 2001 he broke with conventional wisdom and stopped using tables for structure - following in the footsteps of Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman. He now builds websites exclusively with CSS and finds it an exciting and challenging pursuit.

This class helped me fill in some conceptual holes and helped me understand what I'm doing.

Danny, 5/14/2014

The instructor knows what's up, was great with examples, explained functionality, was smart, friendly and made the class enjoyable.

dana, 5/14/2014

Answered questions directly to what I needed.

Brandon, 10/28/2013

Doug is personable and knowledgeable.

Catherine, 10/28/2013

Extremely valuable. I saved hours of time. I am so happy i took this class. I learned more than I could have learned in days.

Alexis, 2/7/2013

I learned so much about CSS in such a short period. This class is so worth the time and cost.

Amalia, 11/1/2012

The workshop helped me understand what CSS controlled and how. The instructor was funny, patient and generous.

eric, 8/8/2012

It was very helpful to get caught up with CSS.

brandon, 8/8/2012

It was nice to go through the actual steps and have the language explained. The instructor was great at explaining and was patient.

Amy J, 8/8/2012

Richard was awesome!

Jeff, 5/23/2012

Explodes the mystery of CSS! Doug is a great instructor.

Lou, 2/9/2012

Great overview of CSS tools, tips and logic. The instructor was very professional and personable.

Chris, 2/9/2012

This was fantastic. The instructor was clear, thoughtful, organized and provided a strong theoretical foundation.

Gabriel, 8/31/2011


Carolyn, 8/31/2011

Taught in a very simple & logical way. Things "clicked."

Diego, 6/1/2009

I am not a programmer, but took this class so that I would be aware of some of the creative possibilities of CSS and would be able to edit sites created with CSS. It was very useful. I particularly liked looking at examples of what was possible. Instructor was very good. Thank you.

Linda, 5/8/2008

Great class! Fun, informative.

Stephen, 10/25/2007

Thank you! Excellent class. Helped me fill in the missing pieces. Looking forward to upcoming web and graphic classes!

Alexia, 5/3/2006

Related Classes & Workshops

Below is a list of classes & workshops that are related to the one you are reading about now. We also encourage you to take a look at our "help me choose" page for much more information on choosing which BDA program is right for you.

Optional Payment Plan for :

We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our . Each of the 4 payments is 25% of the total registration fee with no finance charges or other costs. The first payment will be taken when you register and the remaining 3 payments are paid every month for the following 3 months (detailed payment information in the table below). It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the class you wish to attend (info@boulderdigitalarts.com) and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.


Payment Program Details

  BDA Member Non-Member
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
$37.25 $42.25
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
$37.25 $42.25
Payment 3
Due two months after registration.
$37.25 $42.25
Payment 4
Due three months after registration.
$37.25 $42.25
Note: registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for the early registration discount and always pay the standard registration fee ($149.00 for BDA members and $169.00 for non-members).

Registration Fees

BDA Members: $139.00

Non-Members: $159.00

Registration Discount Applied
You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 1/16/2015. Standard registration fees for this program are $149.00 for members and $169.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

January 20, 2015 - January 22, 2015

Complete Schedule:
1/20/2015 | 6pm - 9pm
1/22/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Denver (Details)


February 17, 2015 - February 19, 2015

Complete Schedule:
2/17/2015 | 6pm - 9pm
2/19/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)


April 21, 2015 - April 23, 2015

Complete Schedule:
4/21/2015 | 6pm - 9pm
4/23/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)