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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.

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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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AAA in Digital Graphic Arts
Remington College , Fort Worth
  • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
  • Tuition covers course-required materials for campus students, including books, lab equipment, and class supplies.
  • Offers flat tuition rate to continuously enrolled students who are on track toward program completion.
  • Campus accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Design & Technical Graphics (BS)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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AAS Graphic Design
  • Several campuses are designated as 2015 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media.
  • Scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Day, evening, and online classes are available for flexible schedule options.
  • Regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Founded 160 years ago, it is one of America’s premier private career colleges.
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Graphic Arts - Information Design (BS)
CollegeAmerica , Flagstaff

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