Web designers use their creative and technical skills to design new websites or mobile apps and redesign existing ones. They often work on a freelance/commissioning basis whereby they discuss requirements with clients to determine what the client wants from their website or app and will come up with designs and layouts to make the site appealing and easy to use for the target audience, they will also possibly be involved in the build, support and maintenance.
Web designers can use programming languages or source code to create designs, but may focus on graphics and design for templating new sites or proposing layout changes to existing ones.
You can get into this job through:
You could take a college course to learn some of the skills needed in this job like Computing.
You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course.
The following colleges may offer a relevant course Computing:
- City College Norwich
- College of West Anglia
- East Coast College
- West Suffolk College
- Suffolk New College
Or your local sixth form may offer a relevant A level.
You could complete training like an advanced apprenticeship for IT, software, web professionals, or a higher apprenticeship in creative and digital media.
You could also do a creative digital design degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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You could take a higher national diploma or degree in:
- web design and development
- multimedia design
- digital media development
- interactive computing
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You could start working as a design assistant or web support assistant and train while you work.
You'll need a portfolio of work that shows employers your creative design skills.
Make sure that you're up to date with the latest trends, features and design software by:
- getting involved in free webinars or online training courses
- signing up to free online magazines
- reading the latest industry blogs for news and tips
You could volunteer for a local community group or charity and create a website for them. Any experience you can get will be helpful when applying for jobs.
Career Path and Progression
With experience you could move into design team management or expand your skills to become a web content manager.
You might work towards a move into business management.
You could also work as a freelance web designer or set up your own web design business.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Web content manager
- Computer games developer
- Computer games tester
- E-learning developer
- attention to detail
- problem solving
- able to work to deadlines
- the ability to communicate your ideas
- good communication skills
- technical knowledge
- analytical mind
£18,000 to £40,000