Grow your CSS skills. Land your dream job.

Should I get a design degree?

  • # December 24, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Hey everyone!

    I’ve been learning web design on my own for four years and I want to make a living out of it.

    I have learnt a lot of things reading web design articles and blogs and I even have a [Tuts+](http://tutspremium.com) membership, so I’m not sure if it’s going to be of some benefit getting a design degree, but I haven’t done too much stuff to “prove” my skills.
    Actually, I made a website a couple years ago ([la-almohada.com](http://la-almohada.com)) and right now I’m re-designing a small blog for a friend (vicia2.com). Of course I also made my website ([condimen.com](http://condimen.com)).

    Do you think is possible with my experience? Do you know any place to start, some internships perhaps? Or do you think I should get a degree?

    Thanks!!

    Find me on twitter [@condimen](http://twitter.com/condimen).

    # December 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    As in a degree for Graphic Design? I wouldn’t go for a degree in Web Design as most classes are outdated. Students will even tell you this. It may help you build your portfolio but so can creating your own projects.

    # December 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    That is the feeling I have. Looking to web design courses, I can learn more by reading some articles…
    You mean I should work on my own projects so I can get experience, right?

    # December 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Correct.

    # December 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Ok. So no way I can get some kind of job with my current experience?

    # December 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I’m sure you could. You just have to look, put yourself out there. You can find jobs and work remotely.

    # December 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I agree with @chrisburton. As a graphic design graduate myself, it is my own self-teaching that has got me jobs with companies, not my degree.

    Carry on learning and build more websites. The more websites you build, the more you learn, and the more work you have to show your potential employer.

    # December 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    If you were to get a degree in anything, I personally would recommend marketing. Like anything else, the whole concept of marketing can be learned in the school of hard knocks, but it is a program that would compliment web design which also shares work in online advertising, audience targeting, user behavior, etc. So I think a lot of those fundamentals are not only good, but they would serve you long term (where as a web or graphic design degree gets dated REALLY fast).

    If you are serious about it, I totally agree with chris – you can get projects with your experience. You just need to be realistic about where you start. Just talk to friends and family and ask them if they know anyone who needs a website built. Likely you will find at least a couple opportunities and openly ask for any referrals if they liked the work you do. Get a couple projects under your belt and you’ll get a better sense of what to do next.

    # December 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Get a degree in marketing or communication to get your foot in the door, teach yourself design.

    # December 25, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Thanks guys, you were really helpful!

    Merry Christmas!

    # December 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Education is great, but real world experience is the real key to being good at it. Another thing to consider that many company’s won’t hire someone without a degree, Microsoft being one of them, regardless of the position. Also, college makes us appreciate hard work, and I honestly couldn’t have done all I have without that experience. You probably should just do what feels right for you.

Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

*May or may not contain any actual "CSS" or "Tricks".