Graphic design is using art and science to transform an idea into a visual expression in order to pass across some information. If you are looking to become a graphic designer and want to take college courses, you have the option of two or four-year programs. These programs allow you to gain the BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree at the end of your study. Graphic designers train in college, take online courses or teach themselves to use design software by watching videos.
Being a graphic designer may be about being able to express yourself and turn someone’s ideas into a good design. However, being a great designer has more elements than expression, especially in today’s world of commerce. You have to be able to incorporate other elements into your designs that make them stand out. You’ll also have to be more than just a good artist. Good design prowess alongside media, communication, branding and identity, research and process, art and graphic design history, information and data visualization and social innovation will help you succeed and stand out as a graphic designer. You’ll learn all of these and other courses in a graphic design school.
As a graphic designer, you can freelance or work in-house as part of a company’s design team. You can also use your skills to work in marketing, web design, animation or motion graphic design.