A New Design Discipline with Exciting Career Options
The graphic design industry has been shifting over the last 15 years to include a new branch of design: interactive web design. This branch includes the following careers:
- Graphic/Web Designer – Typically a combination of traditional graphic design and web design. Experience with print-based approaches as well as web layout and HTML/CSS is normal.
- Interactive Designer – Most likely to require skills similar to the positions above but with a greater interest in user experience.
- User Experience Designer – Likely to expect applicants to have abilities with design and front-end development, but the emphasis in these positions can be more focused on planning, researching, and testing concepts with users.
- And others!
Common Skill Sets
As the field matures, these positions and others should continue to settle into more distinct domains. But right now, the lines are blurred. What is in common between them all is…
- a strong sense for effective visual communication and interactive design
- value for the crucial role that good content strategy plays in an effective site or application
- intermediate to advanced skills with HTML and CSS
- experience with designing and implementing interactive solutions using these skills in combination
- a high value for user-centered design and experience with usability and user testing
- the ability to learn on the job and take on new challenges
- the ability to collaborate well with peers from other disciplines
Our new Interactive Design Curriculum aims to prepare students to succeed in entry-level positions that require these skills.
Concentration Course Sequence
The following diagram shows the course sequence and offering plans, effective Fall 2016.
Note: VCD-2700 will be offered out of normal sequence in Fall 2015 and VCD-3600 will be offered out of normal sequence in Spring 2016. VCD-2600 and VCD-3700 will be offered every semester beginning Fall 2015.