Adult Career-Changers Should Start Right Here!
A great many of us would love to get a new job - so where do we begin?
Throughout the last 10 years, we have given adult career guidance to many budding career changers - and so we thought we'd provide this site to give you some useful sources in small chunks.
Why wait? Select an option and kick-off your journey!
A Passion For Interior Design? Look At Online Courses...
If you have a good eye for visually pleasing material - whether that's on a website, a book cover, a magazine, or a billboard - then training for a career in graphic design could be for you. Many graphic designers studied art courses at school, or were just always interested in artistic work.
The work can vary from being a one man or woman band as a freelancer, to being part of a large team in a design house. If a university course is not appropriate, look at the many commercial training options available - in reality it's usually the commercial design colleges that give students the edge in industry. If you're not sure which route to take, why not try a short course first as a taster to see if the work suites you?
How Do I Pick The Right Training College?
There are many training organisations offering graphic design courses, so it's important to know how to identify the best one for you. The standard of training and course fees can vary enormously, so take time to do your research. We don't make recommendations, but try looking at a variety of design colleges accessible from this site -your choice will impact the rest of your life so it's worth the effort. If you add this page to your 'favourites' you can return to it quickly when you want to research further. You'll be able to compare key factors on each site when you've familiarised yourself with enough.
Fundamentally of course a good college will prove their graphic design skills first and foremost on their website. If the homepage doesn't grab you, then their training probably won't either! Then the number of hours of training must be considered.
Some are quite extensive and will demand much of your time, whereas others offer greater flexibility over many more months. What format does tutor support and assessment take? Do the course fees cover everything you'll need? Which colleges give evidence of satisfied customers? Look for happy student comments.
Building a professional portfolio of your designs is going to be a vital aspect of your training. When you graduate from college you must be able to show a prospective employer the type of design you can do. Every college's coursework should focus heavily on building your own fabulous 'commercially viable' designs, so look on each website for a gallery of display work done by current trainees.
To be a graphic design student today you must have proficient computer skills, as much of your training will require the use of software. Of course training won't be entirely focused on web-based design, but you will find the majority of your work comes from using applications such as InDesign and other elements of the Adobe Creative Suite. MACS are the preferred choice of most colleges, and many design students prefer them too. However, if you normally work on a PC you can get the relevant software.
To be a success as a commercial graphic designer, you will have to get good at working with clients and selling your ideas to them.
Even the image on the front of a box of washing powder is the result of graphic design. By presenting typography and images in a visually aesthetic manner, the job of graphic design is to enlighten, stimulate, encourage and relate with it's audience in the most effective and engaging way possible.
With the use of basic principles such as light, texture, colour and repetition, designers can learn how to create memorable effects. Anyone who really gets to grips with these design rules and adds their own flair and imagination can carve out a career for themselves that will be second to none! Graphics can help to attract, educate and reassure a huge number of customers, and so play a big part in every marketing campaign.
The right college will take you from where you are now to where you want to go. The right course will have the best content and relevancy for the needs of industry today.