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Web Design Reference Guide

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Training, Certification, and Professional Organizations

Last updated Oct 17, 2003.

More courses are offered each year as companies rely on Web applications and Web sites to manage their products and services. A few colleges and universities offer Web design-related courses and degrees for the various Web design professional roles. University of Baltimore and Carnegie Mellon University offer degrees related to design and interaction. Schools like UCLA and University of Michigan include related courses in their curricula. New York University offers online courses for information technology-related certification.

Schools and universities provide programs that benefit those interested in learning more about design. Employers might look for designers who have a degree in computer science, marketing, or digital media. Experience in these areas often suffices. Companies like Macromedia and Zend offer certifications for their applications including Dreamweaver, Flash, ColdFusion, and PHP. Also available is Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), which offers multiple certifications in various areas of Web design including design, programming, technical writing, and Web development.

Professional organizations offer opportunities for networking with other professionals in the field along with many valuable resources. American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Argus Center for Information Architecture (acia), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Interaction Design Group (IxDG), Usability Professionals' Association (UPA), and World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) are a few of the organizations related to Web design careers. That's a lot of acronyms!

Go to an organization's Web site or a job site to explore Web-related jobs and descriptions. Expect to find art directors, creative directors, animation designers, producers, production, and testers. Every member of the design team holds the key to a Web site's success.