Digital skills – from graphic design to web development – have never been more in demand than they are today. It is a growing field that is showing no signs of quitting.
Plus, it’s an industry populated by high paying and often super creative jobs that include website designing, animating TV shows and video games, creating special effects, and creating concept designs.
Continuous studies from Emily Carr University (ECU) offers a number of Web + digital design Degree programs that provide students with the basic knowledge they need to start their professional life – without a lengthy study.
Through his offer, budding illustrators, animators, graphic artists, architects, industrial designers and many others can get a feel for which disciplines they enjoy most and understand the basics.
This fall, ECU’s introductory and intermediate courses in Web + Digital Design will be available online.
The school will also be excited to welcome the students back to campus to receive a selection of classroom courses in all areas of art, media and design.
In preparation for the new school year, we caught up with some students who recently completed some of ECU’s web and digital design courses to get a full picture of what to expect.
Heba Al Tabbaa, who came to Vancouver from Amman, Jordan 11 years ago after graduating in computer science, was looking for a degree that would enable her to combine design with her computer science background.
“It was a great educational experience for me,” says Al Tabbaa from ECU’s Adobe InDesign course. “All of the skills I’ve learned can be applied to web development and coding sites.”
Ultimately, the course enabled her to “enrich” the design components of her web design work. “My favorite part was learning new techniques and being able to use them right away – and showing my daughter my work and impressing her,” she tells us.
In the case of Selam Hailemariam, an aspiring web developer currently working in finance, the introductory web development and design courses were the perfect introduction to the emerging field.
While she initially feared she might not have the knowledge to keep up with the workload, she quickly found that the courses covered all of the rudimentary software and skills she was looking for. Additionally, the assistance of helpful instructors, who were available after class to review course material and answer questions, helped make the experience a success in their eyes.
According to Hailemariam, the courses teach you “the most important things you have to learn to start your career. You can then build on the rest with practice. “
She credits the flexibility of the advanced training courses she took on weekends so that she was able to balance a busy work and family life with her study load.
When we asked Hailemariam why she chose web development, she said, “It’s challenging and fun.” In a world that is becoming more and more technological by the minute, “everyone should have some programming and web development skills “.
As this will become necessary for more and more jobs, she felt it was an option that would broaden her career prospects and allow her to get into Vancouver’s booming tech industry.
Similarly, Al Tabba encourages prospective students to “take courses that interest them, even if they are not directly related to their field or profession”.
“It will help expand their knowledge and skills – and be fun at the same time,” she says.
To improve your digital design skills and take your career to the next level, you can enroll in ECU Continuing Studies Web + Digital Design courses here.
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