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    Deciding on my University Major

    Normally wouldn't ask for help about this, but getting really stuck with the decision.

    I am planning to go into Web Development/Design as my job, and am looking at University Majors to back this up, have singled it down to either Computer Science or Visual Communication Design.

    I can pick up code fairly quickly, and think Computer Science may give me a good grounding for future needs, but the Visual Communication Design could also be helpful as it covers more than just web design, things like advertsing and print too.

    So what do you guys think? Any comments, suggestions or even just plain old help is appreciated.

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    Computer Science, hands down. Typical required courses in the major are web development courses, and depending on your uni you may even have a focus in web development under the CS major. It's useful to have a variety of programming languages under your belt, too.

    Don't hesitate to experiment with other major ideas, however. I spent an entire year on CS, neglecting almost every other subject, only to learn that it wasn't the right career path for me. Talk about a waste of a year, right?

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    I can't speak to the way companies recruit in New Zealand, but over in the States Comp Sci will get you a programming job, and Visual Communications Design will not. It might get you a non-technical role as an analyst, but in our current market most companies aren't willing to hire folks who are picking up the coding stuff as they go along.

    Can you major in Comp Sci and Minor in Visual Comm Design?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Nemesis View Post
    Don't hesitate to experiment with other major ideas, however. I spent an entire year on CS, neglecting almost every other subject, only to learn that it wasn't the right career path for me. Talk about a waste of a year, right?
    I remember a speaker at our school talking about one of his friends. He studied 10 years to become a lab scientist, and when he finally got a job as one, he decided it was really boring and became a postman, which is what he works as to this day.

    @Pickle, as cliched as this is, just do what you think you'll enjoy best. *shrugs* From what I've seen, people rarely follow their dreams to the very end. I mean, who dreams of becoming a microwave salesman? Yet here they are in the world.

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    Computer Science. Web design can be picked up as a part-time course (not the same standard obviously but employers don't pay that much attention). Try for Waikato, it has a pretty sound CS department.
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    Don't hesitate to experiment with other major ideas, however. I spent an entire year on CS, neglecting almost every other subject, only to learn that it wasn't the right career path for me. Talk about a waste of a year, right?
    True, don't really wanna hang around Uni for longer than needed, as well it costs a lot. I'll hopefully be doing electives that allow me to spread out if need be.

    Can you major in Comp Sci and Minor in Visual Comm Design?
    I think I can either double major or do electives from the other course if I wish.

    @Pickle, as cliched as this is, just do what you think you'll enjoy best. *shrugs* From what I've seen, people rarely follow their dreams to the very end. I mean, who dreams of becoming a microwave salesman? Yet here they are in the world.
    Thanks for the comment, very true, about doing what you want too for a job.

    Computer Science. Web design can be picked up as a part-time course (not the same standard obviously but employers don't pay that much attention). Try for Waikato, it has a pretty sound CS department.
    Waikato, you say, I'll look into there, was mainly looking at Massey, forgot one was in Waikato.
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    Hmm.. dude I'd say double major if you can. You've got a great head for layout design, and being able to combine that with strong code would be brutal for your portfolio etc.

    Or you could just go computer-science and keep doing layout design on the side. if you can't get both go comp-sci, you're stronger in layout than I could ever hope to be without going to school for it, I think casual work should keep you up to snuff with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickle View Post

    Waikato, you say, I'll look into there, was mainly looking at Massey, forgot one was in Waikato.
    I'd avoid Massey if even remotely possible. My brother did CS at Waikato and Bristol and now runs IT security for big (very big) international banks. It's big $$
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    True, design isn't so needed and quite a few people I know at my school are going to do it. Whereas not many are doing CS, which may help.

    Waikato has a Internet Application based CS course, which is more hwat I was looking for I think. Took a lesson to find the course info, stupid sites

    Suppose I need to talk to my Uncle a bit as he works for HP in NZ. He hsould have some idea of what is needed etc.
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