5 things you should know about graphic design schools--part 2
Do your homework
If you want to receive a good education at a graphic design school it makes perfect sense to "shop around" before you decide on the one that is right for you. In other words, you have to do your homework.
But you may ask, "How can I tell a good graphic design college from a bad one?"
In this installment of "5 things you should know about graphic design schools" we'll offer some advice and tips on this.
No. 3 What is the quality of the teaching staff?
It's probably not stretching the truth much when we say you've probably had a few bad teachers during your educational life. On the flip-side you probably can remember one or two teachers that were very talented.
The teachers you fondly remember are the ones who brought something more than just facts when you walked into the classroom. These people were able to inspire you and may have even changed the direction of your life.
When seeking out a good graphic design college the teaching staff is one of the first things you should look into. Your teachers may have been in the graphic design industry, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can teach.
Are they qualified? How long were they in the industry? What sort of portfolio or awards do they have? Can they communicate effectively? These are the questions you should be asking about the staff.
The staff, as a whole, should reflect high values in education. Of course there may be a few "bad apples," but what you seek is a staff that is committed to helping its students learn the craft of design.
The graphic design school you want to attend should offer courses in Photoshop, Maya, Illustrator and other standard programs.
You should also expect to see graphics tablets, scanners, and flat panel display monitors.
Back in the day a good cache of art supplies and drawing materials was all that was needed to tackle the jobs a graphic designer was working on.
But computer skills and the ability to use design software have become important, if not mandatory, in being a successful graphic designer.
No. 1 Do you fit in?
Have you ever gone shopping for a car and the salesperson asks, "Are you ready to buy today?" Your answer was probably, "I'm just looking around, thank you." You can approach the selection of a graphic design school in the same way.
Don't feel pressured to "buy today." Look at all the options, including online education, and make your choice carefully.
Graphic design school and your career
If you have a natural sense for proper color schemes, have a good eye for aesthetic values, and find yourself thinking, "I wish I could do graphic design for a living," you may be the right person for a career in graphic design.
The world of graphic design is broad; you can branch off into the areas of animation, web design, multimedia, illustration, and other fields. It all depends on what your skills and interests are.