Graphic design is a competitive field to enter, so any type of experience you can show in additional to your college degree will help you stand out. Completing one or more internships is an integral part of your education. An internship gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired thus far to real-life graphic design projects. You work under the supervision of an experienced designer while being involved with a project from the initial concept phase to final completion. Volunteer work and part-time or temporary jobs are additional ways to earn valuable industry experience.
Graphic designers are creative visual communicators. They arrange images, text, colors, shapes, and space to catch attention and transmit messages. Graphic designers extend their talents across various media outlets, including magazines, billboards, commercials, websites, cell phone applications, and movies. A specialist could refer to someone who focuses on one facet of graphic design, like book and album covers, product design, or website design. Alternatively, specialists could be graphic designers with high-level and wide-ranging skills plus years of experience. Graphic designers can work for design firms, but many are self-employed and must juggle projects with various clients, which can be hectic and stressful.
With strong foundation courses in design, typography and creative problem-solving, students create designs, from concept to printed piece. The understanding of production and pre-press processes are an integral part of the concentration, along with the introduction of web design and interactivity. The curriculum is based on the belief that the graphic designer is a visual and verbal communicator who is able to develop creative solutions for a variety of design and communication problems. Students execute their work in a state-of-the-art Digital Arts Center.