Theres a myth that colleges and universities are teaching antiquated web design skills: table-and -spacer-gif-ness, FrontPage 98, etc. Actually, I dont think its a myth its actually happening out there. So after touring Boston Universitys Center for Digital Imaging Arts yesterday, I was completely surprised. CDIA offers an interactive design program with an emphasis on CSS, web standards and hand-coding and its right in my own backyard.
Jeremy Osborn, the programs Director, mentioned that, while BU offers the resources and infastructure of a large university, CDIA is largely independent and run much like a startup adapting and changing the curriculum as the techniques and methods out in the real world do. I found this approach pretty fascinating, and itll be interesting to see how their program evolves along with the web itself.
Im hopeful there are other programs out there in other states and countries that are offering modern skills for budding designers of the web. Leave a comment if you know of any.
Also, if youre in (or planning to be in) the Boston area, have an interest in teaching web design, and have the skills to guide the next generation of standardistas, contact jeremy [at] cdiabu dot com. Theyre expanding fast. [SimpleBits]