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Graphic Design Course

Graphic Design Course

When you decide to become a chef, you can’t just dive in and start cooking. You have to learn the basics, understanding terminology and the technology available to you. The same goes for web design, and this article will help you learn more about the field. The tips below will tell you how to learn as much as you can.

Commercial Purposes

Taking courses is an easy way to bone up on topics you don’t know much about. For example, a basic HTML class, graphic design course or even something software-specific can teach you what you need to know. If new technology appears after you are already doing web design as a hobby or career, you can take a class to teach you about it so that you can stay ahead of your competition. The more time you spend learning, the better you will become.

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Networking with other web designers can help you learn tips which you can’t find in classes. These include ideas about what great design is, or how to play with colors effectively. They can teach you about secrets they have come up with, whether it be how to use CSS to hide text or what the most effective affiliate link placement is on their site. To find other web designers, join local organizations or even online forums and groups. You never know what you might learn from them. >

Look for a mentor who is already successful in web design. They, like the network of your peers, will know all sorts of tips and tricks you can’t find elsewhere. They can give you hands-on education as well as advice about life as a web designer. Learning from their experience is one of the best ways to pick up knowledge about finding success in the field.

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Practice makes perfect, so even if the websites you design as part of the learning process never see the light of day, keep building them. Pretend you have clients and design a site which would fit their needs, take screen captures and then add it to your portfolio. Ask local organizations if they need a free website, with your link at the bottom of course, and provide it to them, then add it to your portfolio as well.

Experience And Education

Staying on top of new technologies can be hard when you first start out, but it is important. First, learn about the technologies which have been used throughout the history of web design. Next, find out what is coming next by checking out web design news sites. If you can master the old and integrate it with the new, you will be able to quickly pick up the pace.

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Now that you know where to search out the knowledge that you need, get to it. The sooner you start learning, the more you will be able to accomplish. Great success comes to those who put in the most effort, so take the time necessary to use the ideas in this article and you will get the greatest rewards.

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  1. Reply

    Is Studying Art The Same As Graphic Design? The college I’m going to doesn’t offer graphic design as a major but they offer art and in art you take graphic design courses. Will that be the same thing?

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    • Sue L
    • December 7, 2013
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    I Want To Take A Course In Graphic Design, Or In Textile Studies? I love art, but I’m also interested in clothing design, and crafts. I can’t decide which course to take. Has anyone here taken either a graphic design course, or a textiles course, and what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it, and what kind of things did you learn? Did you find employment afterwards?

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      I have a BA in Graphic Design. Finding a job in this field all depends on how good you are and where you live, so answering this is hard. Many graduates never get work because quite frankly, they lacked the artistic talent to begin with or just haven’t found an opening.

      It is generally easier to find design jobs than fashion design unless you move to a high-fashion part of the country.

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    • Who_Loves_Pizza?_I do!_I do!
    • December 8, 2013
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    If I Want To Supplement Career With Graphic Design, Can I Get Certificate/Assoc. Degree At Community College? Or do you recommend I get a full Bachelor’s degree in graphic design?
    I don’t want to make graphic design as my primary career but it is a passion of mine.
    Would doing 1.5 to 2 years of graphic design courses full-time at a community college as an adult in my 30s be strange? I would work on the side with a part-time job.

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      I’m currently enrolled as a graphic design major working towards my bachelor of fine arts at a state university. I couldn’t imagine fitting the entire curriculum into two years, and it seems like many job postings ask for a bachelor’s as opposed to an associate’s degree. There are people within the program that began at a two-year college and transferred, though.

      It’s not necessarily strange unless you make it strange. I’ve had classes with parents going back to school and some are perfectly fine individuals, but those who make a big deal about it (mentioning it every chance they get) become rather agitating after awhile.

      Either way, good luck!

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    • Way
    • December 10, 2013
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    Is There Any Short-term Training Course Of Graphic Design? Hi, everyone, I am a Chinese from China. I really want to learn some Graphic Design courses in abroad. Does anyone have some suggestion? I want to learn it by western style and view, that’s why I want to go abroad to learn. I wonder if there is some short-term training course for it too.

    Thank you so much.

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      • Admin
      • December 10, 2013
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      The minimum degree for a career in graphic design is an associate degree, which is typically a two-year program. You may be able to find a few technical colleges with a one-year program. (Avoid any schools offering a career diploma or certificate of achievement – these are offered by unaccredited schools and will not get you a job in the industry.)

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    • Anonymous
    • December 29, 2013
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    What Are The Best Universities For Graphic Design Courses In The Uk? I’m going to university next year and I want to do a graphic design course but I don’t really know which universities are considered the best.

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      • Admin
      • December 29, 2013
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      Information is below.

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    • Tsorionov Z
    • February 1, 2014
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    I Cannot Find A Graphic Design Courses In SWEDEN? I decided to go to study to SWEDEN but I cannot find a Graphic Design courses there.Please help! and the fees as well. And please dont give me a link to http://www.studyinsweden.se)))) And any other useful information is needed. Thank U)

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      Goteborg University
      Graphic Design
      Box 150
      Goteborg, SE 405 30 Sweden
      Phone: 011+46 31 773 18 55
      Fax: 011+46 31 773 43 87
      http://www.gu.se

      Degrees Offered:
      M.A.- Graphic Design;
      Dip.- Graphic Design

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    • Anonymous
    • February 19, 2014
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    What Short-term Course Can I Do To Learn Graphic Design To Support My Career In Marketing? I want to cover web design and html email campaign design

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      • Admin
      • February 19, 2014
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      Although web design and html email campaign do require graphic design skills, they also require web coding knowledge.

      Try researching local community colleges or even art schools for certificate programs in either web or graphic design. Also check our community center events, they often have classes that don’t cost all that much. Of course, those community classes won’t be as in depth as you may like, at least it’s a start.

      Otherwise getting an associates degree in web design would be a good option to look into.

      Good luck!

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    • Micky
    • March 6, 2014
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    Graphic Design…? Hello. I’m in need of advice! I’m going into college next week for a chat about a foundation degree in graphic design. I have a GCSE in art, though I am 26 now, and my art skills need brushig up. I know i’d absolutely love this course, as everything about it gets me really excited! I’m worried though, that i need to be excellent at art when commencing the course. What do you think? Will the course build up my artistic skills again?

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      Generally, graphic design requires art fundamentals – basic to intermediate drawing, and 2D/3D design – most of which comes from practice. Your GCSE should be good preparation.

      I wouldn’t be too worried about it, the most important thing is being committed to the course. One can make amazing progress even with observational drawing with a bit of practice.

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    • Aisha Jennifer
    • March 16, 2014
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    Courses For Graphic Design? What courses are recommended to take for Graphic Design (computer graphic design)? that will prepare you for masters.

    like adobe indesign, illustrator?

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      Are you asking what classes to take in college for design?

      Course names and content vary from school to school. I’d have no idea what your school offers. Aside from a few electives of your choice, the university you go to has a predetermined course list you have to take to earn the particular degree. You don’t get to pick and choose.

      But any college that offers a design degree will have 100 or 200 level courses like computer studio that will go over Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. So don’t worry about those programs -- you will learn them.

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    • Sarah
    • March 19, 2014
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    Studying Graphic Design Irish Courses? I’m from Cork and i’m hoping to study graphic design after my leaving. What colleges in Ireland offers graphic design courses in it? and what is needed to get in? thank you.

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      I googled “graphic design course” and quite a few possibilities turned up. Some of them offered short courses over 10 to 14 weeks for a FETAC level 5 or 6, or a full time 1 year Certificate, or a 2 year Diploma.

      http://www.prosperity.ie/career_centre/graphic_designer_courses.html list of colleges, mainly in or near Dublin
      http://www.gotocollege.ie/search.html?keyword=graphic%20design There is a whole list of colleges and the courses they do, including one in Cork
      Most of the following are in Dublin
      http://www.dublindesign.ie/courses/graphic-design?gclid=CJbo0Yfjg6sCFQOIDgodSGTK0g
      http://www.ibat.ie/index.php/courses/computing-and-it/graphic-design-courses-desktop-publishing-courses-adobe-classes-diploma-course.html?gclid=CM7F5Mzkg6sCFcaDDgodQySVzQ
      http://www.learn4good.com/great_schools/graphic_design_college_courses.htm
      http://www.findacourse.ie/bachelor-arts-graphic-c2050.html (Letterkenny)
      http://newhorizonsireland.ie/LocalWeb/Ireland/Graphics-Design-Media.aspx (Dublin and Galway)

      and that was just on the first google page. You could look at the following pages too.

      I couldn’t find much specific information as to requirements. One site stated
      Students should have passed the Leaving Certificate with some higher papers or equivalent. Students will be asked to attend for interview and should show an interest in the area of art & design.
      I presume that means a portfolio of your art work to date. If you contact any of the colleges, they will tell you what you need.

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    • Pumpkin Pie
    • April 15, 2014
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    Graphic Design? Is a career in graphic design stable and reliable? Is it a good career choice in today’s economy?

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      Yes. Graphic design is a huge industry in today’s market. Companies are forever looking for new ideas in advertising and design for packages, books, website layouts, you name it. Even game companies need designers for logos, product labels, game cases, etc. and they pay top dollar to the best designer. It’ can be very fast paced and competative, but can be well worth it if you love the work.

      A co-op student I know of was hired onto a company after 3 months paid placement, and was started off with about a $34,000 annual salary. (Figures may vary of course, but if you’re good at it and enjoy it, go for it :3)

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    • Tsorionov Z
    • May 17, 2014
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    I Cannot Find A Graphic Design Courses In SWEDEN? I decided to go to study to SWEDEN but I cannot find a Graphic Design courses there.Please help! and the fees as well. And please dont give me a link to http://www.studyinsweden.se)))) And any other useful information is needed. Thank U)

    View Comment
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      Goteborg University
      Graphic Design
      Box 150
      Goteborg, SE 405 30 Sweden
      Phone: 011+46 31 773 18 55
      Fax: 011+46 31 773 43 87
      http://www.gu.se

      Degrees Offered:
      M.A.- Graphic Design;
      Dip.- Graphic Design

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    • Tommy
    • May 24, 2014
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    Graphic Design Experience? I am returning to school to continue my education and I have decided to study graphic design online. I don’t have great drawing skills and I have only lately begun to work with Photoshop and Illustrator but I love doing both. I constantly find my self fixated on advertisements and logs. Seemingly trying to find out what intrigues me about them and what I would change on those I am not intrigued by. I want to get people’s opinions on my decision to study graphic design? I have no real art background. I believe I have a keen eye (at least I have never been told different). I just don’t want to invest $60,000+ on an education that I will regret.

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      Well, graphic design is a very good major to get into because of job opportunities and because it is practical major.
      I am very happy which you consider graphic design as you choice, but as a graphic designer I should tell you that for being graphic designer I should tell you that besides having a keen eye, you should be creative and able to solve problems too. You can improve your drawing ability and other visual art skill during your education or take a course in drawing but you should think how much you can be creative and innovative?
      Another thing is many courses in graphic design is studio classes so I suggest if you can participate in class instead of learning online, you will learn so much more in class environment specially when you see the work of your classmate.
      I also, recommend you to go to college/ university talk to some professor/ teacher about major or visit their galleries or search more about it on internet.
      What is graphic design?
      http://www.aiga.org/guide-whatisgraphicdesign/
      Why Major in Graphic Design?
      http://www.graphic-design-schools.org/schools/why-major-in-graphic-design/
      Graphic Design Major Requirements:
      http://education-portal.com/graphic_design_major.html
      I am very happy with my choice; I hope you will be too, good luck

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