University of the Arts Continuing Education alumna Christina Deemer sits at her desk at the former Interactive Mechanics, coffee in hand. “I’m going to show you a project we just completed for a large medical school,” she says.
A pattern of colorful interactive bubbles float from right to left on the screen and then change direction.
Deemer spent 12 years in the nonprofit arts world before deciding that web design was for her. To kickstart her new career, she enrolled in a continuing education program in web design at UArts, and then apprenticed at Old City’s Interactive Mechanics, where she worked as a developer until it shut down in October.
Deemer is appreciative of the knowledgeable instructors she had at UArts and the cohort model, which fostered “peer learning” and generally made the program a more enjoyable experience.
“We built friendships, we helped each other debug our programs,” she says. “To this day we will message each other with error messages we get.”