by Cedric Dugas on November 9, 2009
First thing I saw was that I was becoming old, with 5 years working as a front-end developer, I already lost some hairs and could have been a teacher. The students looked a bit like kids that liked to play video games a lot, which in fact when I think about it, was not very different from me.
Eager to learn
They were very eager to learn about design at Ubisoft, what is a typical day at work in general, and how they can do freelancer stuff. The fact is, freelancer students are rare, mostly because they are not ready to work professionally, unless they got a peculiar natural talent. Most of the questions were directed to the Ubisoft work environment. This was not really a surprise, mostly everyone loves games in this program and when you pick up one of the the only public program with 3d, it is bound to attract this crowd.
One thing some of them will figure out later is that 3d is not necessary as much fun as they could imagine. I was very exited to learn Softimage XSI at college, and was very disappointed when I figured out that I literally sucked at it. This is where my interest for the web really kicked in, I needed to redirect my career choices.
A bit less technical
Also there is still no UX (user experience design) centric course, personally I think this is even more important than plain design, everyone can profit from this kind of courses, this help to understand how to structure website with another level of knowledge than just Photoshop design.
One good thing however is that they are learning AS3, big time, instead of Director. There is a lot of jobs for flash developer and I can say that AS3 is valuable, specially for a front-end, that is one thing I’m currently lacking (working slowly on it..).
So what kind of web developers and designers we will get out of this? Certainly more design oriented graduates with a bit less technical knowledge. Personally I am a bit at the opposed side, I can help in usability and user experience but I cannot design a button even if my life was depending on it.
PS: Please keep in mind that this situation is really specific to Montreal and Quebec region, I do not know what kind og program they offer in the US or the rest of Canada. I am not talking about computer science but more Multimedia specific programs.