The UK is one of the most popular places to study web design in the world.
A new study by the think tank Open Designers Guild (ODG) suggests there’s a clear demand for students from across the UK to take a look at web design.
The OGD survey found the majority of respondents from the UK said they wanted to go to a UK-based web design school, but many said they were worried about the language barrier, the limited online options and the fact that their students would have to take an exam to obtain a certificate of qualification.
The report said many of these concerns were based on misconceptions and a lack of knowledge of the web design profession.
“Many people assume that if they’re from a UK area they’re eligible to take web design courses,” said OGD co-founder Joanna Brown.
“But they’re not.”
The ODIG survey found many respondents said they didn’t know what a web designer is, and were uncertain about their skills or skillset.
“It’s an industry that’s still very much in its infancy and there’s still a lot of uncertainty,” said Brown.
“We’re seeing this across a number of industries, from finance to architecture, and people are not as aware as they should be of what they can and cannot do.”
The majority of web design students said they would prefer to study abroad, or to go on to a design degree in a different country.
The research found a majority of those who chose to study in the UK were also unsure about what they could and could not do.
“There are a number who have absolutely no idea what they’re doing and it’s very, very hard for them to get a good job at a good company,” said Sarah Linton, the head of marketing and recruitment at Digital Design University, which has a UK campus in Brighton.
“So if you’re a UK student and you’re thinking ‘Oh, I’m going to work for a company, I want to work at that company,’ I think it’s really important that you know exactly what you’re doing, how you’re going to learn and how you should study, because it’s something that will be very hard to find out if you do.”
One of the biggest misconceptions, said Brown, is that people from the US and Europe would have access to the same level of knowledge as people from other parts of the world.
“The problem is, the majority (62 per cent) of people that are from the U.K. and the U, S. are not.
The majority (58 per cent), which is probably a bit misleading, are not U.S. students and so they have absolutely absolutely no access to what they’ve learned at those two universities,” said Linton.
While most people were unaware of the breadth of the UK’s web design industry, Brown said the report highlighted some of the best courses and universities for those looking to study the field.
“A lot of people don’t know that there’s an A-level web design course at the University of the Arts, for example,” she said.
“They might be surprised that there are all kinds of different web design and branding courses, which are very good.”
But there’s also a lot more online stuff to learn, which is a huge plus.
“Digital Design University said it had been inundated with calls and emails since the report’s release.”
People from all over the world are talking to us about this and it really shows that this is something that people are really interested in,” said co-director Matt LeBlanc.”
When people from countries such as Germany, France and Spain call, they really want to learn more about web design.
“While many students from the United States and Europe were concerned about the lack of access, a large proportion of students from other countries said they weren’t as concerned.”
I’m not really worried, I have all the skills I need and I’m really happy to learn them,” said Nils Ellingham, a student at the UCL School of Design, who is planning to apply for a design job.”
At least, for now.
If I do get a job, I will learn them from scratch.
“For those looking for a UK web design job, the ODIg study suggests the key factors that people in the country should look out for when looking for web design jobs include: • A university degree in web design, • A strong network of friends and family members who know and understand the profession, • Knowledge of a wide range of web development technologies such as CSS, PHP, jQuery, Bootstrap and WordPress, and • Knowledge about design principles such as typography, colour theory, typography effects, fonts, colour palette, typographic theory, and more.
For those wanting to learn web design skills, the report also suggests looking for jobs in the fashion, design, advertising, retail and hospitality sectors, and for people with a passion for design, such