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The easier question to answer would be, “What doesn’t a graphic designer do?”
Graphic designers touch nearly everything in our lives–from products to packaging, advertisements to apps, road signs to wrapping paper. By combining their talents in visual arts with technical skills in layout, typography, print production, image editing, computer coding, and more, graphic designers help the world communicate information succinctly and ideas beautifully.
To get a better idea of just how much graphic design affects our daily lives, let’s talk about breakfast. Did you eat cereal today? Graphic designers made that cereal box happen. Not only did one or more design the box, they designed the cereal manufacturer’s brand logo, the cereal’s nameplate, the nutrition label, and even the bar code on the bottom. If you visited the drive-thru for a pumpkin spice latte instead, you relied on the work of graphic designers there, too. Everything from the beverage menu, shop signage, and coffee cup to your debit card and your payment app were created by graphic designers. Without their efforts, all of those communications would have been quite chaotic–if they existed at all.
If you’re thinking about a career in graphic design, you’ll need to start out with (or develop) some specific skills:
Graphic design training comes in many forms. Some professionals studied the arts in college and turned to graphic design as a more practical source of income. Others earned 2- and 4-year college degrees in graphic design specifically, but a degree won’t make or break your opportunities–especially if you’re aiming to be self-employed. Graphic design skills are proven through portfolios, not grades or resumes.
If you’re a naturally artistic and computer-savvy, you can learn the tools of the trade and get to work. A guided online training course like our Graphic Design Career Diploma program may be all that you need to get started. It provides you with access to web-based design applications from Adobe and teaches you how to use them. You can study at your own pace and create a portfolio of your own work while you earn your diploma.
Our Admissions Advisors can answer any program or enrollment questions you may have.