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  • Masters Web Design Degree?

    Hi all—

    I'm looking for a school that offers a masters degree in web design or something similar. I've only come across CMU and Academy of Art University in San Fran. Anyone know about this school? It's credibility? I want to go to an art school, not a tech school. So far i'm not finding the right school with the right program....Even Pratt, The New School and NYU don't have specialized web programs as far as i can tell. Am I out of luck or just not looking hard enough?


    Thanks!
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  • #2
    I don't know anything about web design schools, but one concern in general that I would have as a prospective employer (and student) is whether or not a master's in web design is practical. Web technologies move so fast that it would hard for a school to come up with an up-to-date yet meaningful curriculum.

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      I think most times you're either going to find it mixed in with digital/new media/interactive design or back-end techie stuff like programming & databases. IMO, part of the problem is that there are so many different technologies that can go into developing a web site that it can be hard to define web design—it tends to mean different things to different people.

      I guess what I'm trying to say is that the term "web design" is a somewhat vague umbrella term that covers a whole host of different things, so unless and until it is defined as a specific set of skills, then I would think it's going to continue to be considered a only part of of a broader curriculum. I have no idea if that made any sense whatsoever...

      Parsons offers an MFA in Design and Technology (follow the link to the department web site). You best bet would probably be to just call the schools you know to be legit and are interested in and talk to them about what you're looking for. I'm sure if they don't have what you want they'll be happy to point you in the right direction.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pix_Z View Post
        I don't know anything about web design schools, but one concern in general that I would have as a prospective employer (and student) is whether or not a master's in web design is practical. Web technologies move so fast that it would hard for a school to come up with an up-to-date yet meaningful curriculum.
        You could say the same thing for a computer engineer or computer programmer, or hell, even marketing and business admin. In the past 10 years advertising has opened up online - would you tell an ad exec who got a degree in the early 90s his education is worthless because it was all about TV and print back then? The fundamentals stay the same, and being adaptable and open to new tech is part of the job.

        As digi said, they usually bury it under new media or something vague.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by vanishdesign View Post
          You could say the same thing for a computer engineer or computer programmer, .
          Actually, many computer programmers don't have degrees for that very reason. I know several of them, and knowledge of this practice is what made me think of that. It is only within recent years that computer programmer jobs started requiring degrees because of outsourcing to India.

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          • #6
            Both the schools are good enough to pursue degree. Or you can look for Westwood College or Kaplan University also. One of my friends has completed his degree in web design from Westwood College. She is satisfied with the study material and never complained of anything. Now she is working with a designing company earning good salary.

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            • #7
              stevebootlers, I would be curious to learn more about Westwood College's web design degree. Any way I could get into contact your buddy and see how she liked it?

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