Independent Study Courses to Fuel Your Design Education Addiction

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I have a confession: I’m an education addict. Some people collect stamps; I collect courses, majors, degrees and new skills. I devour courses, workshops and tutorials with the ferocity and gusto of a dog in a bag of treats.

I’m currently working on my master’s degree, and although I’ve found that juggling a career and coursework can be a challenge, I believe it’s well worth it. After all, learning new skills not only keeps you sharp and expands your professional repertoire, but it also helps you maintain a fresh and diverse resume that will help you pursue your dream career.


Fortunately for me, many of you seem to be just as excited about education as I am, which is why I was so excited to learn that the top 10 HOW Design University Independent Study courses are now being offered for 50% off!

Independent study courses for designers are a fantastic way to develop a new skill set or build on your prior education at your own pace.

For the next three days, you can take independent study courses from top design experts and educators like Patrick McNeil, Denise Bosler, Brian Wood and Dave Holston for half price.

I’ve learned more just in the process of working with these instructors and building these courses than I thought possible!

All 10 of the half-price independent study courses are invaluable educational resources, but here are a few of my favorites from among the top 10 best-sellers:

Top Independent Study Courses for Designers


Introduction to Mobile Website Design with Brian Wood

Lately, I’ve been absolutely addicted to learning about responsive web design. With the prevalence of mobile devices and technology, optimizing your website for the different devices users rely on is a must. After you complete this course, you’ll walk away knowing the ins and outs of responsive web design. Brian guides you through the different types of mobile-enhanced web design methods, teaches you about media queries and how to use them, and shows you how to build your own responsive site.

For the next three days, you can get this independent study course for half price! Get it here.


Coding for Designers: HTML and CSS with Patrick McNeil

If you hadn’t noticed by now, I’m a serious web design junkie. I spend my free time mentally critiquing the layout of every website I visit, as well as perusing tips for building, editing and optimizing websites. But I wasn’t always like that. I knew nothing about web design until I learned HTML & CSS—the building blocks of web design.

In this course, Patrick McNeil teaches you how to start writing HTML and CSS and develop a better understanding of these core web languages. Patrick created this class specifically with graphic designers in mind, so you can make the print-to-web transition more easily. His approach to web design is in-depth, but easy to understand for anyone who is unfamiliar with HTML and CSS. He’ll teach you some basic combinations of HTML and CSS, and you’ll start building common website layout elements.

Get the independent study course here for 50% off!


Brand Strategy Development with Dave Holston

A year ago, I knew almost nothing about brand strategy. But the HOW U courses on branding have done wonders for my understanding of brand development. This course is one of our top three most popular courses on branding, and for a good reason!

Dave Holston takes you on a comprehensive journey through the process of brand development from a strategic leadership perspective. You’ll learn how to do the research and analysis, develop core brand values and purpose, how to understand your audience and how to develop the visual vocabulary to communicate your message. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to provide trusted expertise on branding, as well amazing designs.

For the next three days, you can get this independent study course for 50% off at!

I hope you’ll enjoy learning about these topics as much as I have!

These courses will only be half-price for the next three days, so pursue your educational goals now and learn something new! Check out all of the half-price independent study courses at