I love my life and don't want to move from Western NC. Where should I look for an ONLINE graduate program in graphic design/visual communication/digital media that's affordable and appropriate for my interests and goals involving science education?
I’m graduating in Dec. with a B.A. in mass communication. But when I was exposed to a fabulous visualization tool
earlier this year, I was bitten VERY HARD with the visualization bug and began moving my skillset from writing to design, visual communication and photography.
I got a photography/design internship at an environmental center and taught myself a fair amount of InDesign, Photoshop and digital photography (though I don’t know Flash, Illustrator, Director, Dreamweaver, Flash or QuarkXPress – YET *).
I liked the work, loved the science nerds whose information I interpreted, and my work (science photography and poster design) was well received.
So I’m now thinking of an advanced degree in something having to do with design/visual communication/visualization. But my situation isn’t typical.
I’m 40 and own my home, and love my house, my friends, my city, my pets and my life. I don’t want to move away from a place I love that took me a lifetime to find.
I’d prefer an online program (if you have criticisms of online learning in this field, speak up!). And I am old enough to prefer a solid and affordable program over a prestigious and pricey one. FWIW I live in Western NC.
Ideally, I want to work for a company or client that educates people about scientific/environmental issues, particularly large-scale issues like climate change. I want to create 2-D and 3-D works that correct misconceptions and show people things they didn’t know before about the natural world and our place in it.
Any recommendations for my grad studies? And any opinions on SCAD, a choice I hear might be a good one for me?
* I have a great internship lined up for fall that will help me get all the skills I can for the program I choose.