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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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Associate of Science in Graphic Arts and Design
  • Learn to develop, coordinate, & execute successful design strategies at Keiser
  • Produce graphic design solutions in a variety of state-of-the-industry mediums
  • Regionally accredited private career university with degrees on campus or online
  • Ranked #42 in 2018 Best Value Schools in U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked as a top school in the nation by the Military Times Best for Vets Colleges
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Graphic Design (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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Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail University offers online degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Full Sail's approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving.
  • Full Sail uses the experience and knowledge gained from more than three decades of educational innovation to create an unparalleled online education experience that challenges and inspires our students.
  • Learning at Full Sail has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas, and our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.
  • Through Full Sail’s multitude of online program offerings, students get: One-click access to instructors, Powerful collaborative tools, Interactive learning environments and Innovative curriculum.
  • Full Sail's newest program is the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. Developed in collaboration with sportscasting veteran Dan Patrick, the goal is to provide students with real world experience both behind and in fornt of the camera.
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Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design (Online)
  • Located in Hollywood, CA, offering degrees in film, music production, business, animation and more.
  • Scholarship, financial aid and military benefits are available for students who qualify.
  • Programs taught by award-winning industry professionals in real-world working environments.
  • Features industry-standard facilities including recording studios, soundstages, green screen, movie theatres and more.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
  • No standardized testing if student meets admission requirements
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • 95% of Liberty University students receive some form of financial aid
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Graphic Arts (AAS)

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