Web Designers use their creativity and technical know-how to design, layout, code, and build or redesign websites and web applications. Designers create web products to meet client needs while making them innovative, visually appealing, and functional. For a closer look, web designers can do the following in the course of their work:
- Meet with clients and analyze their needs for content, graphics, performance, capacity, and computer integration.
- Develop new ideas, innovative designs and approaches, and applications.
- Plan content, layout, typeface, color schemes, images, graphics, and integration with other platforms.
- Convert written, graphic, audio, and video components into compatible web formats.
- Write code using programming languages such as HTML or XML.
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Job titles generally capture the essence of a job, but not all industries standardize job titles. This means some careers may have many job titles, and this is true for Web Design. The job title often depends on where you work. For Web Design graduates, that may include:
- Interaction Designer
- Web Architect
- Web Design Specialist
- Front End Developer
- Junior Front-End Developer
- Web Developer
- UX Designer
- UI Designer
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Working closely with their clients and collaborating with others on the team, web designers can work in many different environments. These include corporate system design and related services, the publishing field, marketing and advertising, technical consulting, and more. Web Designers may also be self-employed and work as a freelancer from home. Freelance and remote work is common.
The employment outlook for Web Designers is healthy. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the web design field is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations, with an Associate Degree in Web Design or a related field as the most common requirement. Choosing a career in Web Design is an opportunity to make your passion for creative activity, problem-solving, and technology central to your work life.
Who Is a Good Fit for a Career in Web Design?
Are you one of those special people who are visually creative with a knack for problem-solving and technology? Then Web Design may be the fit for you. Typically, people suited for Web Design have lots of ideas and approaches that are clever, a bit different, or even original. Envisioning how something will look typically comes easily, as does reasoning, developing solutions, and concentrating for extended periods. For a good career fit, these attributes come naturally.
Where Can I Get Started in Web Design?
The ASPIRA City College Web Design Program sits at the intersection of technology and creativity. Our industry-driven approach to program content enables students to graduate with the skill set they need to enter the workplace and thrive. The four-semester, 62-credit program prepares students with Web Design fundamentals, including:
- Programming languages
- Audio applications
- Additional authoring tools
- PC Technology
- Designing Graphics for the Web
- Digital Animation
- Web Services and Solutions
- Internet Programming
- Digital Gaming
- Multi-Media Creation
- Selecting and Using Programming Languages, Design Tools, and Applications
- Electronic Visual Communication
- Digital Media Content Development
Course sequencing advances students from the basics of PC Technology and Technical Math to Web Service & Solutions, User Interface Technologies, Internet Programming, Client-Side Scripting, and commence with Digital Animation, Mobile Computer, and Digital Gaming. The College arranges a 190- hour career externship for each student for a powerful first-hand experience to add to their qualifications. The externship helps students build their confidence in working with web design and development teams and demonstrate career readiness to prospective employers upon graduation.
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