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Essentials For A Career In Graphic Design

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What does it take to be a graphic designer?

Training is a requirement for employment for many graphic design jobs. But how much is necessary to land that first job and begin your design career?

A design degree holds appeal because of the qualification but this path takes longer and the reality is that advanced conceptual training is not going to turn you into an art director from day one. Fast track training is attractive especially if you have experience in other areas but dont be fooled - a three or six month course might teach you the skills but it won’t allow you time to practice them and develop a folio of professionally executed work.

The ideal training for a graphic design job is a comprehensive program that results in you being able to edit and critique your work independently and to a professional level. Ideally you will have experience in reviewing your own processes and this is a valuable conversation point in a job interview as it demonstrates a tried and tested work ethic and an ability to execute tasks without supervision.

Folio work is key 

It’s going to be your folio work that demonstrates your reliability and your professionalism. Your folio should contain examples of what the graphic design industry refers to as ‘bread and butter’ jobs. Honed instances of rigorous copy fitting, advanced typographic execution, strong application of colour theory, and versatility and resourcefulness must be evident in the portfolio of an employable graduate.

Graphic design at Melbourne Polytechnic provides this training opportunity and we offer students an industry preferred pathway to a career in graphic design.

So what's involved? 

The first year covers 3D design, design history, research techniques, advanced typesetting, drawing and illustration, and digital production for print and screen. These practical areas are linked to design and concept development and create a strong foundation for further study. The second year will give you an overview of the design industry, including contemporary design and business issues. The rigorous design programs will develop your design skills with a high degree of innovation and will make you highly employable. Melbourne Polytechnic has earned an excellent reputation in the graphic design industry and boasts real employment opportunities for graduates through our contacts.

Contact us to talk about enrolling in our Design courses.