Mark Trammell Interview : Comments
October 24, 2005
Great Interview, You hit the nail on the head when you said that most schools are teaching using circa-1998 practices. I was a former University of Central Florida student and they don’t even know what web standards are, hell I don’t even think they know what HTML is.
A trend I notice is the state universities that have a web development program (usually called Digital Media) can not keep up with technology. For example, The Digital Media lab at UCF had make-shift PCs that had to been upgraded like 4 times with 1 mac…1 MAC, a G3 at that. But funding is the least of their problems. At UCF, for some reason they thought it was an intelligent decision to hire 70 year old over the hill instructors that were formerly execs at computer/technology companies. Sorry, I don’t know one web developer over the age of like 35 (no offense to any 35+ web developers). Actually, I wrote a long blog entry a while ago on this.
Schools that specialize in the Digital Arts such as most of the Art Institutes are, in my opinion, a much better place to learn. They teach less theory and more practice. They actually have instructors that are actually working in the industry. Though, I attending the Art Institute of Portland for a brief moment and they are even behind times. They are still teaching table layouts and more flash developers come out of there than web developers, not necessarily a bad thing, nontheless I felt I was better off quitting and teaching myself.
Some schools that teach “digital media” love to also throw in classes from a whole bunch of fields. For example, a trend I saw at UCF and Full Sail is they have the Digital Media students take 3D Modeling classes. That’s more of a Game Art and Development class. I can probably the rest of my life without knowing 3D Studio Max.
Anyways, design schools have their work cut out for them. Web Development is still very young and its very fast pace. The private, independent schools are still way ahead of state universities