Would it be good to study web design in London?
I want to be a web and graphic designer. I’m an American student. Is it a good idea? Or is programming overseas difficult. Also is it difficult for an American student to study in London?#webdesign #london #graphicdesign #international #studyabroad #webdesigner #britain #graphic-design #interior-design #webdevolopment #graphic-design #design #computer-software
An international study opportunity is always going to be an asset to your life experience. It will also expose you to a different industry that focuses on different schools of thought. Having it on your resume will always be a good thing, but at the end of the day, your portfolio of work that you have created is going to be the one and only true piece of evidence of your prowess and the caliber and quality of the work you can deliver.
Many colleges and campuses have a Study Abroad program. If you're in college and eligible for financial aid then you should definitely explore the option. Living abroad for a semester or two will change your perspective and ultimately be a lot of fun. I spent a year in Florence sculpting and I did that through the CSU program (CA) while attending SFSU. I went at the age of 24 and was eligible for 8k in grants and another 8 in loans.
I think you should go and study abroad but it has nothing to do with learning Web Design. You can learn web design/programming from anywhere in the world. It will probably also be more practical to stay local, avoid the huge costs of London and just focus on learning web design by creating some actual websites and building your portfolio and confidence.
What you cannot do from staying locally is stepping out of your comfort zone, expanding your life skills, adapt to new situations, travelling all around Europe and in general expanding your life perspective.
So in summary, if you have properly researched the costs associated with this move, just do it! Even if 5 years from now you decide that Web Design is not for you, this will still be a great investment in yourself. I have never heard of someone wishing they stayed local for studies instead of going abroad.
Try Udacity; they have Nanodegree programs that will allow you to work online from anywhere. There were people from all over the world in my cohort group.
Technically, you can learn front-end web design anywhere you are, and it doesn't have to be from a professor. But if you want to learn under professor and want to broaden your horizons, studying aboard can help your state-of-mind which could drive and motivate you to learn the subject more. I believe that is why most students try studying aboard, you expand your culture by learning other cultures and how their visual designs differs from the U.S.
In whatever decision you make, to pursuing your major outside of you comfort zone or staying to build a continuing life. You can learn design as long as you can stay focus on it.