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Graphic Design Degree or Web Design Degree: Which One is Right for You?

April 2, 2012 IADT General, Graphic Design, Web Design and Development 1 Comments

Web Design and Graphic Design at IADTInterested in pursuing either a Graphic Design degree or Web Design and Development degree but not sure what the differences are between them?

You’re not alone! These two degrees have similar foundations in design, programming, and advertising; however, the topics of concentration quickly part ways as you delve further into the programs. The table below portrays the similarities and differences:

Graphic Design

  • Front-end design (everything that the user sees)
  • Digital Layout and Print
  • Programming Languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Flash programming: Beginner and intermediate classes
  • Advertising: New and traditional media are covered
  • Content Management Systems (CMS): Joomla
  • Other Topics: Logo design, art history, typography

Web Design and Development Program

  • Back-end programming (what happens behind the scenes)
  • Digital Layout – No Print
  • Programming Languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, My SQL, .net
  • Flash programming: Beginner, intermediate, advanced classes
  • Advertising: Concentration in Internet marketing only
  • Content Management Systems (CMS): WordPress
  • Other Topics: Mobile development, database management, open source systems, usability

Basically, Graphic Design deals with the visual side of the project, while Web Design focuses on the functionality (how the system operates). The Graphic Design program can develop your ability to create aesthetically pleasing visuals, while Web Design promotes logical thinking and problem solving. Both degrees demand strong attention to detail as well as good design sense and organizational skills. Neither one is of these degrees is “more important” or “more fun” than the other - it just depends on what your interests and priorities are.

Hopefully this guide will help you make your decision. Good luck and have fun!



Robert April 06, 2012 at 09:58 AM

I had this same situation. I couldn't decide on what degree I wanted. I decided to go with a web design degree. I am glad i made that decision. This is the site that i got my degree from. I did all my schooling online.

What do you think?