The IT revolution that swept through India at the turn of the century has streamed more than just everyone’s favourite videos, songs and pictures; it has transformed the country in all spheres of life, making it the hotspot on a world stage for the developmental activities of all things digital. India has taken to it like a fish to water, connecting not just gadgets to each other, but also its young and bright talents to the right kind of job that helps with their personal growth as well. While the more common “software engineer” comes to mind first when pairing graduates and digital age jobs, there are plenty of other streams that have grown in recent times that provide just as good a career path, such as web designing.
So, what is Web Designing?
The primary identity of any business, or in some cases persons, in the digital age is a website. It contains all the relevant details for any person that intends to know and/or get in touch with that business/person. Hence, there is a lot of emphasis laid on the development of a website to make it as appealing as possible to attract the most number of customers to that business/person’s site. This has created a market for professionals who seek a creative work avenue with a technical bent of mind to create, design, build, and maintain these websites, all of which comes under the broad term of Web Designing. It’s sometimes also called Web Development. Web designing falls under the category of both front-end and back-ends of a business, which means that a web designer will have to deal with the aspects of the website that directly interfaces and/or interacts with the customer/client in the case of the former, and with the server side of things in case of the latter.
The Tools in the Kit:
Websites are an amalgamation of software codes, which primarily contain textual matter pertaining to the person/company they belong to. While this was sufficient in the early days of the internet, improved processing power and connectivity has opened the gates for many other more sophisticated elements to be included in them. They could be images, audio, graphics/animation, URL’s (i.e links to other websites or other pages/sections of the same site), etc. Many, if not most today, are interactive in nature, such as those of e-commerce, requiring constant connection between the server that renders the website and the client system, while needing to be constantly kept updated with the latest changes.
Many programming languages have been developed just for this purpose, to meet the increasing demands of ever more sophistication. The popular ones are HTML and CSS for front end and ASP.Net, PHP, Java, Cold Fusion, Ruby, Perl, etc. for back end. There are platforms that aid in the development and maintenance of the sites as well, such as Content Management Systems (eg. WordPress, Dreamweaver), Image Editors (eg: Photoshop), Video Editors (eg: Videopad), Document Editors (eg: Framemaker) etc. The aspiring web designer needs to choose an area of expertise and the relevant courses. In addition, cloud computing has made greater inroads into the website business recently, and being updated on the latest cloud based tools and softwares, such as ones for Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Big Data is a key factor in giving that edge in employability.
Web Design Courses in India:
A web design course skills a person intending to pursue a career as a web designer by imparting him/her with all the knowledge necessary to become one. Plus the course in almost every case provides the person with a certification upon completion, aiding with the employability of that person in the job market.
There are a variety to choose from. Many institutes offer specialization courses that have classes on a particular language/tool, while others offer a diploma/degree in web design, replete with all that is required to be known for a web designer, similar to regular college courses. The former is normally part-time, and the latter usually full-time. The choice of course comes down to the job profile that one intends to pursue, the list of which includes Front end developer, Back end developer, UI Designer, Web Application Developer, Design and Layout Analyst, Web Marketing Analyst, UX Principal, UX Consultant, and Senior Web Designer.
Some of the courses are Diplomas in Web Designing, Multimedia and Web Designing, Web designing and Software development, Advanced Dip. In Office Automation and Web Designing, PGD in Web designing, etc. There are Bachelors and Masters Courses for the same, as well as Certification Courses. The eligibility clause is a minimum 10+2 of schooling, with some institutes asking for scores in NATA, UCEED, etc. Certificate courses are usually on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Web Design Scope:
There are lots of prospects for a web designer going into the future. Websites need constant work to keep them updated and functioning smoothly, so there’s always a need for good web designers. Primary employers are big corporations across verticals, education sector, and media houses. Freelancing is also an option. Salaries start at around Rs.10, 000 to Rs.20, 000 and increase up to Rs. 40,000 for 2+ year experience. Professionals can rake in six figures.
With the right skills and talent, a career as a web designer is as smooth as scrolling down a well-made web page.
Check out list of Web Design colleges in India at https://www.shiksha.com/design/communication-design/colleges/web-design-colleges-india