How Projects Make A Difference In Your Learning

At OpenClassrooms learning is project-driven, because it’s the best and fastest way to become operational. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start working at your new job.  

The Frontend Web Developer Path has nine projects that you’ll need to complete one at a time with the support of your mentor. Once all your projects have been approved, they will be submitted to the jury who will award your bachelor-level diploma.

An example of a project could be setting up a website for a customer. You’ll receive a detailed brief with the context, customer requirements and additional details. Then it’s up to you to go away and make it real! To do this you’ll have to be creative, coming up with innovative solutions to the questions at hand. Your mentor will meet with you weekly to advise and support you, and you’ll set targets together.

A real example from the Front-End Web Developer Diploma

You’re a successful web developer, freelancing in the USA. A distressed real-estate agency contacts you: they need a website to showcase their luxury chalets in the Colorado mountains, and they need it fast! They don’t know much about website administration, but they need to be able to update the site themselves on a regular basis.

You’ll need to analyze the client’s requirements and find appropriate solutions. How can you make the site easy to administer, yet agreeable to navigate for end users, whilst also creating a feeling of ‘luxury’? Ask yourself how you can best meet the customer’s needs using the tools at hand. Will you use HTML, CSS, a content management system or a bit of each? This is one of the first projects set for the diploma and it shows how you can be operational even at the beginning of your path.

When you’ve finished, you’ll present the website to a mentor via video conference. You’ll answer their questions about the website as if they were the client, explaining the choices you have made and how they can use the website. The last five minutes will be a real mentor-student discussion about the project.

Why projects give you the keys to success

To develop a project, first our education experts analyse the tech job market to find skills gaps. They then set projects that will allow our students to develop these skills. Lastly, they create the courses and videos that teach the background knowledge you’ll need to complete the projects! Whether you end up as a freelancer or in the development team at your favorite startup, our projects on OpenClassrooms are versatile and varied enough to prepare you for your future tech role.

Applying what you learn to projects is what our innovative and award-winning method is all about. Our teachers give you the background knowledge, our mentors guide and support you… but you create your projects, learn the skills and earn your diploma! That’s why we say our students drive their own learning.

To find out more about how you can become a fully operational web developer in just one year and earn yourself a bachelor-level diploma, visit our website.

Comments( 13 )

  1. Ive not yet understand these thing mai i stil want more time to explain me abt these

    • Hi Junior,

      Our degree programs are based around projects that mimic real-life situations. The tasks that you will be asked to complete are some of those that you may come across in the workplace. This way, not only are you prepared for working life, but you also are able to put your learning into practice, which means you’re more likely to remember what you’ve learnt!

      Hope this helps!

  2. Can we see real life websites or web applications as an example, please

  3. Hi,

    How are the projects graded? Does the diploma have a final grade?


    • Hi Richard,

      We operate on a pass/fail basis. You will either pass or fail your projects and we do not have any grades associated with the projects.

      Be aware that even if you fail a project, you’ll be able to take it again the week after with the comments of your mentor.

      Feel free to send an email to if you have any questions!

  4. I understand the subscription is $300/month. What if I finish faster…

    • Hi Amit,

      Then you will pay less 😉 it’s totally flexible so if you finish faster (8 months like one of our graduates, Debbie) then you will pay the number of months you’ve studied.

  5. Hi I finish my bachelors in IT. Will this certificate ‘ll give me diploma certificate , I want to know what ‘ll be my highest degree when applying for job .And during my job search are you going to give me the names of the reference which ‘ll be required by the hiring company to prove that I have worked on the project in a company.
    And when we applying job am I going to start as fresher or experience candidate .

    • Hi Srilata,

      Your diploma will be at level 6 on the EQF which is equivalent to 3 years at university. The projects you will work on are projects that are designed from OpenClassrooms. In this respect, you will not start as a beginner but as an experienced developer because you will have gained theoretical as well as practical experience.

      Gwen @ OpenClassrooms

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