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Graphic Design for Someone Who's an Art Newbie

Angel_SushiAngel_Sushi Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
I'm considering a major in graphic design. However, I'm not as experienced with any media besides drawing (and due to scheduling conflicts, I wasn't able to take as many art classes at my school as I'd like). Would I be prepared enough if I started taking building up my art skills when I reach college? Also, what are the best and worse things about being a graphic designer?
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Replies to: Graphic Design for Someone Who's an Art Newbie

  • AdvMomAdvMom Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    It's not unusual at some large state universities for foundation art students to have little or no classroom experience in high school. I have been told that this is due to so many high schools cutting back on art programs.

    You typically submit a portfolio after a year or two of foundation in order to get accepted into the graphic design program. An exception to this is Univ of Cincinnati which does not require a portfolio at all.
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    Actually, there are a number of schools that don't require portfolios for admission. The catch is that an acceptable portfolio is required at some point in the undergraduate career in order to keep progressing. Some schools,such as University of Delaware, require it every year and have the portfolio evaluated each year.
  • liek0806liek0806 Registered User Posts: 3,316 Senior Member
    Something I noticed with some art schools, including where I attend, is that sometimes they're willing to overlook experience and skills(as seen when they review your portfolio) and look to see whether there is potential or not.

    I got admitted to Pratt Parsons and Otis, with a hororble portfolio, and I'm not exaggerating. I'm so surprised that I got in that I wondered who they actually would reject if they accepted me.

    With graphic design, ask yourself whether you picture yourself working in front of a computer a great majority of the time. That's what turned me off about graphic design. I like work that requires a lot of tasks besides being in front of a computer, you know what i mean?
  • Angel_SushiAngel_Sushi Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    What do you do?
  • liek0806liek0806 Registered User Posts: 3,316 Senior Member
    fashion design.
    and looking back a lot of what appealed to me about graphic design was the thought that there would be security with majoring in something like it. Not that there isn't, but a lot of getting a job in any design industry is your work and your portfolio.
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