Top Web Schools
NAITNait has produced a lot of mature talent ready to enter the workforce on graduation. We've hired a few NAIT graduates over the past three years, and all of them had a working knowledge of web design. They were more skilled with operational-level techniques to get things built than the MacEwan or the U of A grads. We recommend this program for anyone who wants to hit the ground running and learn by doing.
MacEwanAlthough the talent we've seen doesn't involve much coding or command line work, we have seen outstanding front-end designers. I've also seen amazing illustrators and writers come from MacEwan (via Victoria Composite High School - one of Edmonton's unique cultural incubators.) MacEwan has been great at producing graduates who can design with the Adobe suite with a tremendously higher-level perspective.
University of AlbertaUofA has everything. If you are motivated and committed to your web development training, you will get the most out of a degree program at The UofA. Ideally, start with Engineering and then move into the web development niche. Still, regardless of what you do, the UofA programs are ideal for self-motivated individuals who can keep up with the top third.
University of WaterlooIf you have a wealthy family - or some divine gift to get scholarships, you can go to Waterloo. These Waterloo programs are some of the best in Canada.
UC BerkleyIf international web design programs are an option for you, the grads coming out of UC Berkeley are the best. Do your research and make sure you can handle the workload, but if you know you want to be a great web designer - this is the cream of the crop.
Other great institutions and free resources for self-learning
- Introduction to Functional Analysis MIT
- Introduction to Web Development UCDavis (University of California, Davis)
- Current Course Offering of Alex Aklson, Ph.D. Note, he offers both English and Spanish