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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 (AS)
  • 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
  • Over 50 locations nationwide, with a student support team dedicated to helping students grow
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Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
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Graphic Design and Animation
Good for Working Adults
  • Offers career-focused programs in allied health, business, and computer technology, and more.
  • On-the-job training available through externships, internships, and clinical placements.
  • Graduates in good standing can take refresher sessions in courses at no additional cost.
  • Day and evening class options are available for flexible scheduling.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing
ABCO Technology , Los Angeles
  • An accredited computer training academy preparing students to enter the IT industry as Network Engineers, Software Engineers, Web Apps Developer, Website Designers, Programmers, Database Administrators since 2000.
  • Holds A+ certification from CompTIA.
  • Located in Los Angeles, approximately 10 minutes away from LAX.
  • Flexible class schedules offered during day times, evenings and weekends.
  • Helping students start a career in technology within 3 - 9 months.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Military friendly school.
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Web Design & Application Development Certificate
  • Guarantees flat-rate tuition for students who stay continuously enrolled.
  • Offers a four-day class schedule, leaving Fridays open.
  • Founding member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS) in 1912.
  • Career assistance services are provided to all students and graduates for life.
  • Has programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
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