Question by Robert: Future Web Designer…Questions?
I will be a junior at a university this upcoming fall semester majoring in Digital Technology & Culture. I think my main area of interests has to be between Web Designing and Graphic Arts, but I’m more focus onto Web Designing a bit more. I have a few concerns, and heads up before I graduate with a Bachelor:
1) In the next few years, I will be graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, how will I be able to get a job? I am planning on doing some interning, but should I also keep some sort of a portfolio with my works for future sake? And what are designing firms looking these days? Employers with great, fresh ideas? Someone who is fluent in the language of “Web Designing”? Or how about someone who already has clients? Remember, I will be graduating with a degree with no job experience in designing what so ever.
2) How should I go and make my portfolio? Should I print it, or make an actual website with stuff that I created?
3) It is best to be fluent in Web Designing and Graphic Arts?
Answer by Kris L
My husband took a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Fine Art … but he went to a ‘junior college’ for one year to learn about ‘Web Management.’ He was hired before that year of classes was done, to teach Web Design … and he did that for five years. He’s now the Web Developer for a company that does ‘advertising display’ (store windows with pictures, and the huge ‘cloth pictures’ that hang off of tall buildings) …
Start working on your portfolio NOW, do it as a ‘website’ and keep it ‘current’ …
You’d do better working as a ‘web developer’ in another field, as my husband does, than working for a ‘strictly computer company.
Interning is a GREAT JOB … if you are a good intern, they may want to hire you full time. If not, it’s a good bit of ‘real job’ experience for you, but it doesn’t pay much.
If you want to take ‘private clients’ that is up to you, but if you do that be sure that you keep a ‘copy’ of the website as YOU designed it, and not at the ‘client’ may change it … but also keep a copy of the client’s changes, and be able to tell people the ‘differences’ and why some work, and others don’t.
You may not get a ‘good job’ at first … but if you ‘hang in there’ and keep working, even doing stuff ‘for free’ for charitable organizations, you’ll soon HAVE enough experience to get hired.
It would be best to be ‘fluent’ in Web Design and Computer Graphics … Graphic Arts isn’t ‘quite’ the same thing … it’s more the type of ‘advertising’ that goes into magazines and on television.
If you have any ‘real art’ (Fine Art) of your own, put that into your portfolio too … even if it’s not ‘computer stuff’ it will show the prospective employer or client what you can ‘do’ artistically.
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