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By Ashtyn Creel
If you are the type of person who pays extra close attention to colors, designs and layouts, a graphic design degree might be the right choice for you. Graphic designers use a variety of visual elements to create compelling images for company brands. They have a solid understanding of what it takes to make eye-catching visuals that capture a person’s attention in just a few seconds.
Are you ready to draft out your future? Let’s take a look at how you can become a graphic designer.
Most graphic design jobs require a degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. You should look into schools that stay ahead of the curve in design trends and use the latest industry software in their programs.
Classes such as digital imaging, typography and composition, and introduction to Photoshop are just some of the topics covered in most graphic design programs.
In working toward earning your degree in graphic design—whether it be an associate degree in graphic design, an emphasis as part of a bachelor’s degree, or online graphic design courses—you should begin assembling a professional portfolio of all your best work. Most employers will want to see what you can do as a graphic artist, and showing them a portfolio is the best way for them to determine whether or not you would be a good fit for their company.
Marketing firms, publishing houses, advertising agencies, design studios and other related industries are the places graphic designers typically work.
However, about 30 percent of graphic designers are self-employed (according to the BLS). This allows for increased flexibility regarding where and when you want to work, provided you have the credentials and the portfolio to get hired on for company projects.
A graphic designer salary can range from $26,250 to more than $77,000.
The objective of any graphic designer is to convey a feeling, idea or message through a variety of mediums, including:
An article from the American Institute of Graphic Arts sums up graphic design well: “From humble things like gum wrappers to huge things like billboards to the T-shirt you’re wearing, graphic design informs, persuades, organizes, stimulates, locates, identifies, attracts attention and provides pleasure.”
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