How to become a web designer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
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
You could take a college course to learn some of the skills needed in this job. For example:
- Level 3 Certificate in Web Design and Development
- T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
- Level 4 Certificate in Digital Media Design
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
You could take an apprenticeship such as:
- Level 3 Junior content producer
- Level 3 Junior vfx artist (generalist)
- Creative digital design degree apprenticeship
- Digital and technology solutions professional 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
You could start working as a design assistant or web support assistant and train while you work.
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.
You'll need a portfolio of work that shows employers your creative design skills.
To make sure that you're up to date with the latest trends, features and design software you can:
- get involved in free webinars or online training courses
- sign up to free online magazines
- read the latest industry blogs for news and tips
You can get more advice about careers in web design from Tech Future Careers.
You can also find out more from Discover Creative Careers.