Hey all, I'm Jesse, new here. So I just graduated high school, and thus this past year I've really been trying to figure out what I want to do. I learned about UX design from my brother who is a software engineer, and it sounded very intriguing. Recently, I've really come to seriously consider it as a career, as I think I would really fit well in the job and it sounds like something I would enjoy doing.
So here I am. I'm currently taking online courses for UX and I plan to only keep doing more. Additionally, I plan on learning coding and practicing graphic design on my own. Down the road, once I feel I have a basic understanding and grasp of UX, I plan to volunteer for an open source project or some other project where I can get some experience and work under other UX designers hopefully, gaining some valuable experience.
However, I do plan on going to college. I know that a human-computer interaction degree would be the best route for UX, however in my current situation that just isn't possible without moving, and I would really like to get through college without a mountain of debt...
So I have several options for degrees;
1) Communication technology. The degree encompasses many aspects of UX, such as psycology, programming... but of course, it isn't a perfect match. Several classes are a complete waste of time UX wise, but still it's a viable option. Additionally, if I take this route, I can get an associates in either
a) Graphic design
b) Web Design
at my community college. Then I would transfer over and get my BS in Communication technology.
2) Graphic Design Very self-explanatory, I know many UX designers are graphic designers who then later specialize in UX.
3) BS in Information Looks like this kind of degree would help more with the research side of things. Is this even an option?
There may be more, those are just three I have right now, but of course I will keep looking. I'm curious as to what you think the best path would be. I'm tempted to take the associates for web design, and then get the communication bachelors, but I'm not sure exactly how valuable a communications technology degree would be?
Another route would also be to take a myriad of classes, not get an associates, and then get a bachelors in some other degree. (This way I could take a mixture of programming, design, and psychology classes.)
Anyway, I'm just trying to figure it out. I really appreciate any feedback I can get!