Considering computer graphic schools that can help you start a graphic design career? Stanley Gilbert, a long-time graphic designer and illustrator, who also teaches design and illustration at Austin Community College (AAC, Austin, TX), stresses the importance of finding your niche.
"Prospective students should weigh the alternatives between an intensive two-year program like ACC's and more laid back, but academically challenging, four-year computer graphic degrees from a university," says Gilbert. That's because, as he explains to his students, having work skills is not enough in an industry that shapes film, theater, music and literature – lessons from computer graphic schools will set you apart. "You've got to have some of the 'it' that sets you apart, and full, well-rounded [computer graphic degrees] are vital, either you get it formally at a university or informally on your own."
Before Computer Graphic Schools …
In his own experience, Gilbert learned early on after graduating from Texas State University in the 1970s with a degree in commercial arts, and trying his hand at a freelancing career, that it would take another school stint to keep up with the technology. That's when he decided to attend ACC (where he would later be asked to teach as an adjunct). And students wishing to attain computer graphics degrees, he says, are taking the first step towards a lucrative career.
"I could not recommend a better launching pad into the business for a freshman student than a design certificate or degree from a reputable and well established school," says Gilbert. "If I had had such opportunities from the start, I might have been in the business for 30 years now instead of only 20."
Skills to Seek at Computer Graphic Schools
Whatever your choice computer graphic schools emphasize computer graphics degrees or computer aided design programs, Gilbert says there are basic skills that designers should learn. They include being able to:
- Exhibit a high level of creativity used to solve problems
- Think outside the box while functioning productively within the limits
- Write, speak, and create effectively
- Respond quickly and inventively to client's needs
- Demonstrate good hand-eye coordination
- Pay attention to detail
One thing is for sure when considering computer graphic schools or computer aided design programs: "The industry keeps expanding both technically and in job description," explains Gilbert. The time to start pursuing computer graphics degrees is now.