Web design combines design theory with technology for the purpose of creating websites that are visually appealing, interactive, and user-friendly. It focuses on design aspects like layout, graphics, scripting, typography, and navigation, along with the technology that makes sites come to life such as programming, information architecture, and software tools. It differs from similar majors like Web development in that it typically focuses solely on the design aspect of websites rather than the creation and management.
Web design curriculum consists of design-focused courses in digital photography, multimedia development, digital art, Web site construction, Web page design, information design, Web animation, digital imaging, and two and three-dimensional design. More technical courses are also typically required, such as data structures and algorithms, computer applications, and information systems management.
Web development majors have the foundational knowledge and technical skills needed to create dynamic, high-quality websites and the ability to stay on top of ever-changing Web technologies in this fast-paced industry. Graduates are creative and innovative thinkers who can solve design problems and produce multimedia for the Web in various industries. Common job titles include Web developer, art director, multimedia artist, graphic designer, Web marketer, and more.