Graphic desgin opens opportunities for creative and aesthetic minds who know how to translate their skills to the ever-evolving media. There are institutes and courses meant for designers. But as skills matter more than learning, one can train oneself as a graphic designer. The secret of success for a graphic designer is her creativity and a unique, distict style. In all forms of art, people should be able to 'know the dancer' from her dance.' If people say, 'such and such a desinger might have done this work,' there is no greater accolade for her. As it is an ever-evolving profession, it creates new opportunities and market. Though new generation media like i-pad and smart phone pose a challenge to the traditional print media, they have reconfigured and restructured the career and challenges of a graphic designer.
Though skills and expertise, nothing else, are the features of a grahic designer and his success is defined by these features, training in a reputed institute and certificates will help her land in a safe career option from where she can build her career up. As there are many candidates to qualify themselves as graphic designers, certificates will help us pick the odd one out. It is essential for students who are interested to enter the field to have a basic awareness of the graphic designing courses and training programmes.
Graphic desiging covers a large a area including multimedia, graphics, visual communication, advertising, animation, and web development. Since all these categories have alomst the same charectoristics, they are called by the umbrella term 'graphic designing'. But these categories are different from one another. For example, multi-media programme is specially meant for television professionals, while other programmes focus on web development skills.
Many courses are being held the world over for aspiring graphic designers. There are short-term courses being held for a duration of one or two years and courses like Bachelor of Fine Arts that are being held for three-four years, which provide us with in-depth knowldge and skills in the field. For those who aim at big companies, a course like BFA is advisable. Job-oriented training in business house and studios is an plus point in pursuing a formal course in fine arts. Job-oriented training is very important for a graphic designer especially because the aspirants will get a chance to continue her training in industries where she has been trained.
There is business-college tie-up in the world in such a way that business institutes keep college authorities posted on their requirements and the authorities will radically modify their course structure and syllabi and the business firms can rope in the best hands available through the campus placement. It's good for students to visit the web sites of famous foreign institutes that offer courses.
There are some institutes that offer courses in suh a way that we an pursue them at home. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and West Wood College are two such institutes that offer online courses.
Graphic desgining is a gateway to many professions that are professionally engaging. It will be clearer to you when you read the following excrepts from the interview with Abbas Kairostami:
Shahin Parhami: Let’s begin with your first experiences in the field of filmmaking, for instance, your title design for the Iranian new wave film, quesar(1969). Was it your intention to make your way up to directing films?
Abbas Kiarostami: No, not at all. Back then I was involved in painting and later on graphic design for ads and commercials. In those days title design was very fashionable and Saul Bass’ work in particular was very much in style. His titles influenced many graphic artists and filmmakers of the time. I already had some experience working with a 35mm camera through some commercials that I had made prior to that. From the perspective of a graphic artist it was an attractive challenge.qeysar was my second film and I believe I worked on four or five other titles after that until I started directing films. So I can say that title design was a bridge between graphic art and cinema in my case. These days I prefer that others make titles for my films since I don’t have the patience and also I believe that that particular style and approach to title design is very much passé.
Some of the imprtant graphic design courses are listed below:
Graphic Design 2 Year Diploma Programmes
Interactive Media & Web Design
Fashion Design 1 Year Certificate Programmes
Interactive Media & Web Design 10 Week Diploma Courses
Fashion Design 6 Week Certificate Courses
Visual Merchandising Advanced
Web Design Other Courses
Image & Fashion Styling
Fashion Buying & Product Planning
Summer Art School