Graphic Design School
Put your doodling and sketching skills to work
Graphic designers have the job of planning and creating visual solutions to communications problems. They must find a happy medium between their own creativity and the needs of clients, editors and others with whom they work, while still finding the best way to project a message in terms of medium and aesthetic.
Graphic designers are largely employed in the advertising, promotion and publishing industries. Today, they work almost exclusively with computers to create digital graphics for print, film and electronic media.
Many graphic artists have a certificate or an Associate's degree in graphics arts. These days, they work almost exclusively in computer programs like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, so a rich knowledge of computer programming is becoming obligatory.
However, to really excel in the field, a Bachelor's or Master's degree in the liberal arts can be of great benefit. For example, if you have a basic understanding of psychology, you may be able to make better choices on how to communicate information in graphic form. You may also want to consider courses in business and accounting, as many graphic arts professionals end up freelancing for at least part of their careers.
Design schools, including graphic design schools, are accredited (if they are accredited, that is) by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Compared to other design occupations, like fashion design and interior design, the graphic design industry is expected to have the most growth over the course of the next decade. More and more professionals will transfer from print publications to online publications.
Currently, there are over 200,000 people employed as graphic artists in the United States. About 3 out of 10 designers are self-employed.