As you will probably know by now, we like students at Entyce. In particular we like to do as much as we can to support up and coming graphic design students by giving them as much help and guidance whilst on their journey into the big wide world of design.
We therefore feel extremely passionate about the content or more importantly the relevance of the content on graphic design courses being offered to students in the UK.
Each year there are thousands of new students graduating with a degree in graphic design but how much significant industry knowledge do these students really leave university with?
We still can’t believe the lack of digital presence on graphic design courses. We don’t expect design students to walk out of university and be able to design and build a website from scratch but surely to have the basic understanding of how to design a website in Photoshop would be a start.
The majority of portfolios we see consist of print advertising, brochure design and packaging. All very useful skills we aren’t questioning that, but surely as we are now in 2013 there needs to be some digital work in there too.
At Entyce we frequently visit universities and colleges across the UK and talk to the students and the lecturers about their course and graphic design / web design as an industry. We constantly strive to encourage the inclusion of more web design awareness. Unfortunately many of the tutors haven’t worked in the industry when web design was as prevalent as it is to design today.
We therefore encourage higher education courses to invite local web design agencies in to provide guest lectures and perhaps even set a brief for the students so they are able to start gaining some vital experience of designing for web as well as print.
There are thousands of web design agencies throughout the UK and we’re sure that the majority of them will agree with us, that something needs to be done quickly to get students (and after all the future of Britain’s web design industry) more involved with designing for digital whilst on their course.
If you are a student or a tutor and you are concerned with the lack on web design and digital involvement on your course, please get in touch with us and we would be happy to discuss a guest lecture with your university or college.
We have some highly talented individuals paying lots of money to be studying design, so let’s help give them the best possible start!