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5 Steps to Becoming a Graphic Designer

5 Steps to Becoming a Graphic Designer

Steve Berman | Art Bistro

Step One: The Right Degree



Sure, there are a few exceptions, but most Graphic designers have a bachelor’s degree — preferably one in graphic design or fine arts. Luckily, there are a multitude of colleges, universities and design schools where these types of programs are offered, both on campus and online.

Don’t have time for a bachelor’s? Eager to get started? You can still break into the field with an associate’s degree or a certificate in graphic design, which is also a great way for those with a bachelor’s in another field to learn the technical requirements.

Regardless, make sure the program you undertake includes classes on computerized design, as well as an emphasis on new and updated computer graphics and design software. Some of the courses you might take as part of a bachelor’s degree program include art history, page layout, interface design, design principles, electronic imaging, production, typography, and web design.


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