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Introduction to a Graphic Design Education

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If you want to become a graphic designer, a good education serves as the training and proving ground for your professional skills.

If you are new to the area of graphic design you may have some questions such as:

* What sorts of educational opportunities are out ....there?
* How do you choose a good graphic design ....college?
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* What type of degree or certification do you need?
* What will I learn?

We'll cover these topics and more in our two part series on graphic design education and you.

Image Is Everything
view-camera-and-manOr to put this in another way, your graphic design education image is everything. You'll reflect virtually everything you've learned in the classes, assignments and projects from your graphic design school. So selecting the right design school is of paramount importance.

Good graphic design schools and design centers have very robust curricula that cover topics such as design theory, the use of computer graphics software, drawing and illustration techniques, portfolio design, and critical thinking skills.

A good college is nothing without a professional and skilled teaching staff. There are real teachers who can inspire and mentor you in the fine art of graphic design. There are also those who are called teachers but merely disseminate facts and information in a mechanical way.

You want teachers who have highly developed skills in graphic design and can effectively communicate and guide you in your design education.

computer-keysOffline, Online or Sometime?
An effective graphic design education is possible through traditional colleges, universities or online distance learning centers.

If you need maximum flexibility in class scheduling, online education may suit your needs. Some individuals opt to go to school on a part-time basis to earn their degrees while working full-time.

Check with your college counselor to find out what suits you best or look through the offerings here at graphicdesignbasics.com for more information on graphic design education schools and colleges.

Next Time...
In the next article we'll discuss graphic design degrees, certification, junior colleges, and the job market for graphic designers. See you then!


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Graphic Design (BS)
  • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
  • Curriculum focus on preparing students for a creative career by teaching them the fundamentals of advertising and design
  • Students can choose from courses that cover areas such as advertising concepts, art direction, experience design, and online marketing
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Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.*
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help maximize the credit you previously earned.
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Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Campus-based and online degrees include Computer Animation (BS), Digital Arts and Design (BS), Graphic Design (BS), and more
  • Students take ongoing portfolio courses that allow them to build and refine their design portfolio
  • Courses teach skills such as advertising, branding, visual messaging, and concept design
  • Curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement
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ECPI University , North Charleston
  • Named a Best for Vets school by the Military Times in 2014.
  • Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for over 45 years.
  • Makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years by providing a year-round schedule.
  • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
  • Has 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
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Graphic Arts (AAS)
  • Offers several scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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