Digital Arts/Graphic Design

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What will I do?

Graphic designers create the layouts and production designs for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

What classes will I take?

You will take classes in design, drawing, and computer graphics skills.

What skills do I need to start school?

You will need to be good at drawing and have some basic computer skills.

What can I do with a certificate?

It’s hard to say. In artistic fields, your ability to get a job depends on the strength of your portfolio.

You might be able to sell your art online or at craft fairs.

If you can’t find a job in the field, you may able to get some freelance work through a website like Fivrr or sell your designs in online shop on Etsy.

How long does it take to complete a certificate?

You can complete the program in two or three semesters.

What are the next steps in a pathway?

You can work towards an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

What can I do with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree?

Increased education improves your ability to find a job.

What are some challenges?

There is strong competition in this field. As a graphic designer, you will need to produce art that your client wants, not what you want.

Starting pay can be very low. A quick look at open graphic design positions on shows that many positions require years of experience.

How easy will it be to get a job?

Computer programs have made it easier than ever for people to design their own products. Graphic design jobs are growing at a slower pace than other occupations.





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