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How to Become a Graphic Design or Art Teacher

students-sittingDo You Want to be a Graphic Design Teacher?
If you are attending graphic design school or are already employed as a graphic designer or artist you may have thought about becoming a teacher. What does it take to become an art instructor and what do you need to qualify?

The Basics
Regardless of the subject you want to teach all teachers must fulfill certain prerequisites before teaching in the public school system or at a college.

Graphic Design
  • To teach at a college or university the usual requirement is a master's degree in the specific subject area that is to be taught.
  • To teach in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools the minimum requirement is a bachelor's degree.
  • To qualify as a teacher in the public school system or at a college you must hold a teaching license. Specific teacher's programs are available at universities, colleges, and online education centers.
  • You should be an accomplished graphic designer or artist

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What Happens in the Classroom?
students-at-desk-zoom1If you love to teach the profession of teaching can be a very rewarding experience -- you'll see your students' progress in their skills and knowledge of the arts.

The job of an art instructor can also be challenging as you think of new ways to present material, concepts, and techniques in design or art.

Teachers can work more than 40 hours a week due to the additional time spent in planning and developing class curriculum, being available for student consultations, and other outside school activities.

You must be able to communicate effectively and be socially adaptable to a variety of different cultures, backgrounds, and personalities.

To become a successful teacher you must also continue to learn and hone your own skills as an artist or graphic designer in order to keep up with the latest trends and developments in your areas of expertise.

crowd-frostedThe Job Outlook and Typical Salary for Teachers
Job openings for secondary teachers (middle school and high school) are expected to increase about 7 to 13 percent in the next 10 years. The mean annual wage for secondary teachers is $54,390.

Job openings for postsecondary teachers (college level and universities) are expected to grow 14 to 19 percent in the next ten years. The mean annual wage for full-time faculty positions at colleges was $79,439.


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Graphic Arts (AAS)
  • Students are issued a new laptop at the beginning of their programs.
  • All online services and study materials are available 24/7, with faculty available five days a week.
  • All programs available online, with the MBA program offered on campus in Salt Lake City.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2010.

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Graphic Arts - Information Design (BS)
CollegeAmerica , Flagstaff
  • A private, nonprofit college investing in its students since 1964.
  • Gives students a new laptop they can keep as a gift upon graduation.
  • Has seven campus location plus online degree programs offered through their partner Stevens-Henager College.
  • Lets students choose when their program begins with monthly start dates.
  • Offers a complimentary Career Assessments to prospective students.

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Associate of Applied Science in Computer Graphic Design
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013 by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Sullivan University voted one of 2014 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Best Companies Group.
  • Offers lifetime course review privileges for graduates.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Originally founded in 1961, with the main campus located in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Graphic Design
Platt College , Ontario
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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BS - Graphics Multimedia and Web Design
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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