Whichever way you look at it, choosing a graphic design school needs some thought, since most graphic design students are not studying the subject for fun but are looking for an educational qualification that will hopefully land them a great job in one of the major publishing houses, advertising agencies or packaging design companies. And it is the job that the student wants that should be the main focus when it comes to choosing a graphic design school, in order to make sure that the right course is taken.
The basic job for a graphic designer is the same no matter the type of work they end up doing, but some courses will concentrate on one type of design above others, and the student would do well to bear this in mind.
When deciding which school to attend, make sure that you discover where most of the students were places, and what the syllabus actually teaches. Those colleges which place students in publishing will have, or should have, modules which are directly related to magazine and newspaper production. There should be instruction on the mechanics of magazine printing, editorial work flow, and how to use the type of technology that is used in the modern day editorial office.
Those looking to enter the advertising field should make sure that the course teaches more about the layout of print advertising than editorial, and will probably need far more instruction in the use and commissioning of photographs and illustrations, as well as concept development.
Those looking to enter packaging design as a career will need an education that has some overlap with advertisement design, but will also need instruction on the mechanics of packaging development, and the various materials used.
It is possible to attend a general graphic design course, but it is always better to specialize right from the very outset if you want your career to get off on the right foot.
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