This September, anyone attending Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will be eligible to take on an extra component of studies.
The college is officially incorporating web design into its curriculum following approval to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Web Concentration.
The endorsement for the degree comes from the national accrediting agency for art and design fields of study, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. This type of focused degree allows graphic design students to specialize in web media through the special, web design college curriculum.
The web design college curriculum will provide a necessary cross reference between the world of graphic design and web related media designs. Additionally, students will be able to learn more about the professions they will be require to work with closely, such as web programming and web site development.
“Since the beginning of time, the paradigms of art, design and education have dramatically mirrored the consciousness of civilization,” said President Ellen Meyer according to the school’s website. She also said, “It is in this context that we embrace new technologies and web design.”
Meyer made the announcement and it was released on Thursday. The professor that will coordinate the new web design curriculum, Dan Brawner made a statement that echoes the sentiment of many colleges teaching various disciplines of study.
Brawner said “Today, it would be ill-advised to enter into the graphic design profession without a keen understanding of web design and web development. Like all aspects of graphic design, web design requires creative/critical thinking, excellent design, typographic craft, compelling imagery and great concept. Our new Web Design Concentration provides our students the knowledge, experience, skills and tools that will prepare for successful entry into the workplace upon graduation.”