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Digital Design Degree Outlook

Digital design is a broad brush that covers any design field that works with computers and digital image software. This work can include Web design, digital illustration, advertising artwork, and/or print design. Currently, almost all design is created by computer software programs, so your role as a digital designer can encompass a wide field.

For the most part, however, a digital designer is expected to lean either toward Web design or print design. While some designers do know how to handle both design fields, usually the designer will know more about one field than the other. Digital designers who understand the print field, for instance, will know how to design printed pieces with the stipulations required by printed materials. Designers who lean toward digital Web design, on the other hand, will understand the parameters involved with Web design materials.

Some digital designers enter digital design as self-taught professionals. However, most of these self-taught designers have worked in print shops or at advertising agencies or design shops before setting up shop as a solo designer. They understand first hand how design, illustration, or photography can make or break a print or Web job if the wrong color palette is specified or if the design was laid out incorrectly.

A two- to four-year college degree is desired by most agencies that hire digital designers. They want to know that you've studied your art on the most recently released software on new machines, and a college environment is one place to accomplish that goal. It can prove difficult financially to stay on top of the latest releases of the most popular digital or vector imaging software systems, let alone use the latest computer technology as a solo operator.

A school that offers a graphic design or visual communications degree will provide the student with the adequate digital design skills. The student who wants to enter a digital design career will benefit from learning typography, digital drawing with vector software, color theory, and layout to learn how to design posters, brochures, and more. At the same time, it would help to take drawing classes to become well acquainted with drawing skills. The digital designer often is equated with the digital artist, so it might help to have those skills under your belt.

The digital designer has an edge over most designers in going solo, especially if that designer has drawing skills that appeal to advertising agencies and print shops. Those businesses can keep a digital designer in business, much as they would use illustrators to help their clients with artwork. The advantage that digital designers might have over illustrators is that the digital designer may know more about both Web and print design to offer illustrations in both arenas.


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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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Web Design & Development
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.
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Associate of Science in Graphic Arts and Design

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

Bachelor of Art in Computer Graphic Design
Boost your career with training from Sullivan College of Technology and Design. We offer diploma and degree programs for careers in the technology and design field.
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Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Media Arts with concentration in 3-D
Give your career a boost with an education from Southern New Hampshire University. We offer certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in over 100 programs in a wide variety of subjects.
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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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BAC-3D Imaging & Animation
Virginia College , Huntsville
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  • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
  • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
  • Presents the full tuition cost up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
  • Provides career development associates to help students review their resume, provide career counseling, help with job searches, and more.
  • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
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