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Graphic Design Degree

Graphic design is an extremely popular career choice for those with artistic talent, and a love for working with computers. This kind of work can also be done from home on a freelance basis, but formal training s a standard prerequisite. A degree in graphic design can open opportunities for financial and personal freedom.

It's important to highlight the distinction between web design and graphic design. Those who do graphic design concentrate mostly on print work. They create designs for annual reports, advertisements, brochures, billboards, logos and design identity packages complete with letterhead, envelopes and business cards.

Unlike many web designers, graphic designers tend to have some formal design education. Lea Ann Stundins worked as a creative director for several agencies before switching to self-employment with her business, Wish List Creative. "The best advice I would offer young people trying to break into design is: go to an art school that has a good reputation according to your ideal design firm/agency. (Ask them, they'll tell you.) Get an internship at a ���big name' agency or design firm. Do anything you have to in order to get that name on your resume. Then, with that school name and that agency name " and a good portfolio, of course " you should be golden," says Stundins.

Many creative students pursue art degrees. Those who want to earn their graphic design degree online will find that there are many high quality programs available. Persons holding a bachelors degree in this field will see the best opportunities. Also having a strong knowledge of design software, animation and wed design will be helpful.


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