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Web design or not?

When I look around for graphic design jobs, one of the requirements I sometimes see is web design. I know AVT 217, the web design class, is strongly recommended for graphic designers, but is there any way around this? Personally, I hate web design and coding. I’ve taken programming classes and just never got into them. I’ve taken so many classes I ended up hating and at this point in my college career, I’d rather do something I truly enjoy and not be miserable. Once I receive my degree, I’d like to get into the print side of graphic design. I would really like to design brochures, invitations, posters, etc and stay away from websites at all costs. By not taking this class and staying away from web design entirely, am I limiting myself? Or can I still be a successful graphic designer? What do you all think? Should I suck it up and take the class, or continue with the things I enjoy?

3 Comments

  1. Sezgi wrote:

    I do not know if you are pursuing a BA or BFA, but I think if you are a BFA, Intro to Web Design is mandatory. You might want to talk to your advisor though, since he or she would give you the best answer on how to go about taking or not taking the web design class. As for your future career in Graphic Design, I don’t see any reason why you should not be a successful Graphic Designer but I think Web Design adds to your skill set if you know how to code or at least have an understanding of basic HTML and CSS (Which is what AVT 217 should give you), it will surely be to your advantage since we do not always find the jobs we really want. Sometimes it’s good to learn something even if you don’t like it because it may come in really handy one day.

    Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  2. Edu Pereira wrote:

    I agree with Sezgi. You should always talk to your adviser in order to have a better and concrete explanation about what do you need to take for your degree.
    I also agree that you should not have any problem in your future career because you are not into web design. Like Sezgi said, it will only add something to your skills and to your resumé. I personally took 2 web design classes, the first one i didn’t like at all because of all the html codes. But I loved my second one, since it was more CSS, and I didn’t have to deal at all with html codes.

    Good luck with your choices and career. And once again, talk to your advice so you can get a good and concrete explanation in what you should do 😉

    Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink
  3. Imani Lee wrote:

    First definitely talk to your advisor, She is great.
    While visiting studios with practicing designers with AIGA they put it simple:how many print studios do you know of? Because of the increase of technology everything is moving to the web or an app. I totally agree that 217 is a headache and a half but from what I have heard we should definitely try an expose ourselves to the digital side of things.

    Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink