By Holly Reisem Hanna
Graphic design is a way to visually communicate with people; it could be through a poster, an advertisement in a magazine, a website, a business logo, a greeting card or even an album cover, these are all examples of what graphic designers create.
Some graphic designers are self taught, others enter the industry with talent alone, but the majority of graphic designers obtain some sort of formal education. There are certificate programs which take approximately two years to complete, and then there are degree programs which take anywhere from three to five years to complete.
According to Salary.com, graphic designers can make an average median salary of $45,000 per year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that graphic design jobs (especially web design) will continue to grow as demand for graphic designers continues to increase from advertisers, publishers, and computer design companies.
So if you’re creative, have good communication and time management skills, are flexible and can easily overcome obstacles, a career in graphic design may be the perfect work at home opportunity for you.
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Graphic Design Courses
American Writers & Artists Inc offers a home-study graphic design course for direct marketing and promotional design. The course cost is $290.00 and has a 30 day, no questions asked refund policy. AWAI is a member of the BBB.
Fab Job offers a guide that tells you services that you can offer, niches you can work in, tools of the trade, design processes and much more. This guide also comes with contracts and invoices that you can use in your own web design business.
Graphic Design Degree programs are becoming popular. Learn about graphic design schools, jobs, and salaries.
Sessions Online School of Design offers certificate programs in graphic design, web design, multi-media, digital arts and marketing design. Programs range from a foundation certificate, advance certificate, to a master’s certificate. Based on the type of certificate you obtain, course length varies from 6 months to 20 months. See site for tuition costs.
The Art Institute of Pittsburg offers online graphic design programs. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by the MSCHE. Tuition and financial aid are available. See site for more details.
Graphic Design Resources
AG Design is an online community for all things graphic design. Offers design education tools, forums, templates, resources, articles, school searches, freelance jobs and blogs.
All Art Schools is an online guide for art education and careers. Find top graphic design schools and information on related topics. This site offers a free monthly newsletter on art schools and careers.
Design & Publishing is an information center that allows for the exchange of information, news and reviews.
Design TalkBoard offers news, resources, reviews and links on graphic design. This site also has graphic design forums.
Directory of Schools allows you to search for graphic design schools, by location, program and or degree type. This site has education articles, online resources and links, and a learning blog.
Find Your Art School.com allows you to search for graphic design programs by state, degree and/or program. Has information on how to choose a school, pros and cons of online programs, loan & grant programs, and career outlook.
Graphic Design School Review allows you to search for graphic design schools by state, also contains graphic design news and articles.
Graphic Design Schools allows you to search for graphic design schools by state or by school. Offers resources and articles to get you started.
Graphic Design Schools.com is an online directory of graphic design schools, search by state, school or type of degree. Also offers web design articles.
Graphic Design USA is an online publication that offers news and education for creative professionals.