Independent Study

If you prefer to learn design on your own, HOW U Independent Study is perfect for you!

The independent study design courses are self-guided “offline” versions of our online design workshops. You receive the same web and graphic design education, curriculum, and supplemental materials, but you study and learn graphic design, learn HTML, or whatever curriculum you choose on your own—making these courses an ideal choice for students who truly want to work at their own pace.

In contrast to an online design workshop, where class is “in session” for a specified time period, there’s no set time line for an independent study class—you could approach it as an intensive crash course, pick it up on weekends over several months, or whatever works best for you.

Independent study courses come as digital downloads, giving you instant access to download the materials to your computer. Therefore, making it possible for you to study design, learn graphic design or web design techniques anywhere, whenever studying fits into your schedule.

Most of our online design courses are available in independent study format—look for the independent study icon on individual workshop descriptions. Or visit for a complete listing of courses available in Independent Study format.

You Should Choose an Independent Study…

  • If the 2-, 4- or 8-week format of the online workshops is too structured for you. You complete the Independent Study on your own time!
  • If your schedule is too busy at the moment for an online course, but you want the benefit of step-by-step lessons and exercises to apply what you learn.
  • If feedback from an instructor and interaction with other students aren’t important to you.