The popularity of the Internet has changed many things in the average person's life. People communicate differently, they shop differently and they consume news and media differently. However, all of these new and varied activities share one commonality: they are achieved via websites. Websites are the face the of the Internet. They are the manner in which organizations, businesses and individuals convey information to those who request it. The art of constructing websites is known as web design, and web designers are in understandably high demand.
To be a good web designer, you must be well versed in both technical and artistic fields. From the technical point of view, a website is built through the use of one or more coding languages. Most of these languages are website-specific; thus knowledge of other programming languages will not apply to web design, and vice versa. The most common languages for web design are HTML, CSS, and Flash. However, technical skill in coding alone does not make a good website. In fact, most individuals who visit a site will never see the elegant and complex code that underlies its structure. What people do observe are its images, text and other visual aspects. Knowing how to arrange a website, what to include, what to exclude and how to make the whole package visually appealing is where art comes in.
If you would like to pursue a career in web design, you will likely first need to obtain a degree in computer and internet technologies (IT) with a emphasis in web design. Most colleges and universities offer these degrees, so finding a institution should not be difficult. Course work generally includes a series of lecture and lab courses. In lectures, students learn the basics of computer science as well as information pertaining to web design. In lab, students apply what they have learned in lectures to real-world tasks. These tasks can include adding new features to an existing website, changing the overall theme or look of a website and building a new website from the ground up. While attending class at a physical campus is the traditional method for obtaining this degree, it is not the only option. Many individuals with family or work obligations prefer the flexibility and convenience of online programs. With online programs, students receive the same level of education and instruction, but gain the freedom to choose when and where they access course materials.