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Visual Design Degree Outlook

Visual design is a broad term that covers all the areas under graphic design as well as film and video and multimedia. The person who studies visual design and who does not specialize in any one graphic design avenue has all intentions of becoming an art director or creative director in a design or advertising studio. These are leadership positions that require the person supervise all the labor that goes into completing a design project, including the creative ideas.

Most design projects completed by a graphic design or advertising studio begin with brainstorming ideas. The people who brainstorm include the creative director, the art director, or the person who heads up the design team, the advertising or marketing department heads, and others who have input into the project. Once the idea is decided upon, the various department heads take the project back to their employees to begin work.

The creative director will make sure that the creative team the layout and design artists, typesetters, illustrators, photographers, and whoever else is involved in a project understand the project and can finish their separate components on time to create the prototype. The creative director may work directly with the copywriters or scriptwriters, but if the studio is large enough, the art director may work with the writing team. These titles are not absolute, as the hierarchy in some studios may vary according to responsibilities.

The student who studies as many different fields as possible along with writing classes and business and/or marketing classes can develop a well-rounded education fit to enter a leadership position. But, most graduates will begin in entry level positions unless they go on to earn a master's degree in design theory. Visual communications and design is about communicating with visual elements, and the person who succeeds in this field will have a handle on various ways to accomplish a goal for a client.

Individuals who study a broad range of topics in design school may also become freelancers who network with others to complete design projects. That person may show great leadership and business skills, along with the ability to deal with clients and to pull together various team members to finish a project on time. This type of work requires patience, perseverance, and business savvy.


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Visual Effects & Motion Graphics (BFA)
  • 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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Computer Animation, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
  • 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.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
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Multimedia and Design
ABCO Technology , Inglewood
  • 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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Digital Arts and Computer Animation Associate Program
Laurus College , Santa Maria
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2009.
  • Offers career assistance and resource services to both students and graduates.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACCSC).
  • 4 campus locations in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Oxnard, California, with online options as well.
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Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
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