February 20, 2009, Newsletter Issue #22: Graphic Design: Educational Requirements

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So what are the basic educational requirements expected of someone entering the field as a graphic designer these days? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level careers in graphic design typically require a bachelor's degree. Sometimes you may also find a job where a two-year degree is an acceptable credential, depending on the organization and their hiring policies.

Formal schooling is available in a variety of colleges and universities throughout the United States. There are also many private schools that specialize in graphic design coursework. Classes for this particular field include subjects such as principles of design, printing techniques, Web design and desktop publishing, among others. Many college or university programs also include supporting coursework in liberal arts. Professional schools tend to focus in more on technical classes, and the program length is not as long as a bachelor's degree.

With the upswing in technology, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find employment in this particular field without some type of specialized training or schooling. If you are interested in pursuing a career in graphic design, formal education helps assure that you will be competitive when you begin applying for jobs in the field.

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