Graphic Design - A Creative Career Choice With Many Options

What Does a Graphic Designer Do?

Graphic designers create a wide range of visual materials that help to communicate information and ideas to various audiences. They use their creative skills and knowledge of design principles to develop visual concepts that effectively convey a message that resonates with their target audience. A graphic designer wll use specialist design software and various industry tools to create their designs.

Here are some examples of what graphic designers create:

  1. Logos: Graphic designers create logos, which are visual symbols that represent a company, organization, or product.
  2. Websites: Graphic designers create website layouts, graphics, and other visual elements to help create an effective user experience.
  3. Print Materials: Graphic designers create a variety of printed materials such as brochures, flyers, posters, packaging, business cards, and other marketing materials.
  4. Advertisements: Graphic designers create ads for print and digital media, such as social media, websites, and billboards.
  5. Presentations: Graphic designers create presentations with clear visuals that communicate information to an audience in a concise and engaging way.
  6. User Interfaces: Graphic designers create user interfaces for software applications and websites, designing the visual components of buttons, forms, and other interactive elements.
  7. Infographics: Graphic designers create infographics that visually represent complex data or information in a clear and understandable way.

Graphic designers service just about every single industry you can think of making it a very competitive but satisfying career. Many graphic designers choose to become specialists in a specific industry or field to improve their work and employment opportunities.

What are the requirements to become a Graphic Designer?

While there are associate degree programs available, entry-level jobs in advertising typically require a bachelor’s degree. A graphic design degree program entails both the arts and sciences, combining courses in visual design and copywriting with those in communication, psychology and marketing. Candidates for graphic design positions should have a portfolio that demonstrates their creativity and originality.

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is globally recognized as the leader in Art and Design Education. SCAD offers degree courses in Graphic Design.

Online or Full-Time Graphic Design Degree?

This is an important question!
Most degrees have a high percentage of academic learning with a low practical work. Arts related degrees such as advertising, graphic design, fine arts, photography, and sequential art (to mention a few), have a higher degree of practical work than academic learning.

SCAD offers both campus driven and online learning for a number of their degrees. One of the difficulties with online degrees involving a high level of practical work such as the arts, is finding recognised qualified experts in your area who will coach and mentor you to achieve that high level of skill and competence that the industry expects. SCAD has a student support programme of lecturers and experts who provide this type of support for students as and when required.

Which Industries need graphic designers?

 Here are recognised industries where Graphic Designers are sought after:

What are the different jobs that Graphic Designers can do?

There are 7 recognised graphic design job areas:

Product design

Branding design

Website design

Print design

Publishing design

Environmental design

Animation design

What Are The Different Specializations That Graphic Designers Can Follow?

  • Graphic designer
  • Brand designer
  • Package designer
  • Mobile app designer
  • Interactive designer
  • User experience designer
  • Publication designer
  • Exhibit/environmental designer
  • Advertising designer
  • Computer graphics designer
  • Product designers.
  • Web-based application composer
  • Apparel designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Art director
  • User Interface designer (UI designer)
  • User experience designer (UX designer)
  • Graphic designers
  • UI & Visual designers
  • UX designers
  • Motion designers

Who Employs Graphic Designers?

Here are a few employers who employ graphic designers:

  • Activision
  • Apple and other computer companies
  • Banks
  • Large corporations and companies
  • Google and other digital platforms
  • Magazine companies
  • Newspaper and advertising agencies
  • Google, Facebook, Twitter etc
  • Intel
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • GV
  • Hulu
  • Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
  • Retails stores
  • Adobe
  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • Sony
  • Huawei
  • Walt Disney and companies
  • Groupon
  • Yelp
  • Live Nation
  • Airbnb
  • Reddit
  • Stripe
  • Riot Games

A Graphic Design Degree from SCAD will open doors for you at top companies around the globe.

What are the steps to becoming a Graphic Designer?

This is a dual enrollment process that will require you to make sure your middle School marks meet the CP entry requirements for access to the AISPP and SCAD programme.

You will have to apply to SCAD and enroll in the IB CP programme 2 years before you are due to complete your High School certificate.

After successfully completing your high school diploma, your IB Diploma courses and your CP certificate, you will apply to Universities such as SCAD that accept IBDP Courses and SCAD university credits for acceptance to complete your graphic design bachelor’s degree for your chosen career.

Complete an Internship at a partner company. Participating in a graphic design internship allows students to gain practical graphic design experience. Interns can form professional relationships in the graphic design community which can prove invaluable when seeking a full-time job after graduation.

Find an entry-level job in the area of graphic design you wish to follow and learn and grow your career.

Specialize in a particular area of graphic design whilst working.

AISPP is the best gateway for you to become a Graphic Designer in Cambodia!

SCAD was named Red Dot Design Ranking’s No. 1 university in the U.S. and the No. 2 university in the Americas and Europe for the fourth consecutive year.

Since 2005, the “Red Dot Rankings” have become one of the most sought-after seals of quality for the best design at the professional and academic levels. SCAD’s results are based on its “Red Dot Design Concept Awards” over the past five years, including individual student awards, with the most recent year most heavily weighted. In 2020, nearly 70 SCAD students representing eight majors won a combined 37 recognitions in the “Red Dot Communication Design” and “Red Dot Design Awards”.

As a SCAD graphic design student, you’ll learn the complete package of visual identities powering today’s top labels, companies, and organizations. Part artists and part storytellers, SCAD graphic design students learn how to weave entrepreneurship and modern technology with product and user-centred design.

As a student, you’ll learn from titans of the industry at Airbnb, Google, Hasbro, and more. You’ll also gain an all-access pass to leading-edge resources and star-studded signature events like the “SCAD STYLE” Event attended by luminaries from global art, fashion, and modern design.

The collaborative environment of an art and design university provides the ideal conditions for perfecting the highly developed craft of innovative graphic design.

Choosing this pathway for your career after you have completed high school is a smart choice.

How Much Will it Cost?

The costs of the University can be requested on their website.

What are the next Steps?

Book an appointment with the admissions department to start your dual qualification registration as soon as possible. Your future is in your hands!

 AISPP and SCAD are your partners in building your career.

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