Like everything else these days, there are a number of undergraduate graphic design degree programs around the country. A little homework and really listening to yourself about what you really want to gain from your college experience will go a long way in helping you make the best decision regarding where to study graphic design.
First, makes a few choices.
Some undergraduate graphic design programs will offer specializations that others do not. One program might focus on graphic design for the web while another might cater to students interested in creating graphic art for print ads.
In addition, some graphic design degrees have liberal graduation requirements, meaning that you can take courses from a variety of art-related disciplines, such as sculpture, painting, or even a multimedia or film-related course. Programs that require and offer a higher concentration of graphic design courses will probably better serve your educational goals and better prepare you to pursue a career in graphic design.
Get yourself a course catalog or talk to an admissions counselor of the university you’re considering. And while you’re at it, look at any information about faculty members’ areas of expertise and interest to see if there are instructors that share your interests.
See where you fit in your course study…you may be more advanced than you think.
Of course, introductory courses in graphic design are created to orient students to the fundamentals of graphic design, such as color, proportion, scale, and line as well as the role graphic design plays in society in selling products, promoting ideas, and crafting images.
More advanced graphic design courses may involve putting the fundamentals to the test with real life graphic design projects. You might develop a logo for a real or fictitious company, devise a design for a web site, or create the typography for a multimedia production.
Get advice from people who know.
If you’re currently working in graphic design in a junior position, ask a trusted boss or senior colleague about what courses might best serve to advance your job growth. Talk to other graphic designers and read graphic design career journals and magazines to learn about what tools and skills are edgy and in high demand.