Should I study Graphic Design?

Questions to ask before you decide to study graphic design

Before you decide whether or not graphic design is the career path for you, you will have to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Am I creative?
  • Do I like working with people?
  • Can I communicate effectively or am I willing to learn?
  • Do I want to expand my skills and continue learning?
  • Am I willing to find new ways of doing things?
  • Do I want to be challenged?

Many people who pursue a graphic design career either already know that they are artistic or they have a strong inclination toward creativity. People who want to study graphic design are generally creative in some sense, whether or not they are able to draw or paint. Graphic design careers continually challenge you to create more unique designs, learn new skills and design techniques. Design skills are also compatible with so many other job types that you are able to build a very diverse career.

For example, many designers use their writing ability to join design and copywriting or they combine their creative flair with their more logical side to create awesome websites.

Why would you be good at graphic design

You would probably enjoy graphic design if you are:

  • Creative
  • Visual
  • Like designing
  • Have a keen eye for detail and aesthetics
  • Curious
  • Always trying to find ways to do things better or more creatively
  • Challenges excite and motivate you

Creative career

You may be wondering why choose a creative career in the first place. For a long time, people have said that creativity should just be a hobby and creatives should get ‘real’ jobs to put bread on the table. In a rapidly evolving world we are starting to celebrate creativity and we are coming up with less traditional solutions to problems.  Creatives tend to be well informed about other fields and display a wide variety of interest because they are driven by curiosity. This means that they have a wide frame of reference from which they can draw to enhance their work and to solve complex problems.

Creative careers are great for the following reasons:

  • Creative problem-solving – you are able to ‘think outside the box’ and come up with solutions for complex problems
  • You meet people with similar interests and creative ways of thinking
  • You can begin at any age
  • It is ever evolving – there is always opportunity to learn more and strengthen and expand your skills

What are career prospects/ future prospects for graphic designers?

As a creative you will likely have a bright future ahead of you provided that you continually improve your skills and find ways to compliment your current skills. Creative careers also allow you the opportunity to freelance or begin your own business.

A creative career will always require that you work hard at improving your craft, that you never stop learning and that you find interesting ways of doing things. Creative careers have the challenge that they are deadline driven and clients may not always be on board with your creative vision.  Yet the process of creating, seeing your final product and having a satisfied client is highly satisfying.

College SA offer an Introduction to Graphic Design course as well as individual Adobe Creative Cloud courses.