We often talk about the need for web design schools to stay current on the latest and greatest trend in web design and the arts industries, but how does this translate for the students that attend those courses?
According to some expert sources out there, the reasons that some students seem so dissatisfied with certain web design schools are outdated curriculum and class plans that do little to anticipate what the real world of web design will be like for a new, blossoming designer.
In a January article in Net Magazine, Tom May wrote an article about web design educator Liz Danzico and her interests in web design education. The article revealed that, even though she is an educator at a major design school, she too hears the complaints of various students about their experiences with their web design programs. While Danzico’s program is different than most others out there (the program is based on design philosophy and not skills-centered instruction), it points out a critical component when looking into web design school for the first time.
How often does a web design school update its course curriculum? For most schools, updating curriculum is a labor-intensive process. Even schools that focus on a skill-centered education find it difficult to implement new coding technologies and other advances in the industries. A good example is HTML5, which is fast taking off and causing web design schools to revamp their class contents.
Perhaps Danzico’s is on to something with its philosophy core, but in reality it may not be feasible for many schools. Her students get the benefit of a full spectrum of design workshops, including other forms of art and design. Web design schools that focus on skills however, should include an element of industry research, trend spotting, and self education following the much anticipated graduation day.