Has anyone gone to a graduate program in graphic design? What was the experience like? And were you able to get a job that would pay off the cost of going into one?
I have been working in graphic design for over 7 years, and have been extremely blessed in that I have been doing a fairly specialized track in design (motion graphics), despite the low demand for it in my town and not really having a degree in graphic design (I studied video art and animation). But all of this is about to change, as my job (and department) is about to close in about eight months, and I am having a hard time deciding what to do.
I know that I want to move out of motion design, and I would love to work for a company like IDEO
. I am not sure if a place like IDEO would pick up someone with little training in their field--while I have strong computer literacy skills, my actual design skills are kind of weak. And while that hasn't stopped me from teaching myself the basics of typography, color theory, design thinking, etc etc, I wonder whether I could benefit from a nice mentor.
I keep thinking that I should go into graduate school. However, I've looked at all the programs at the schools I want to go to, and the cost is the biggest reason to reconsider the whole idea. Is it worth it? Are there any alternatives to consider? Should I just drop the idea and look for any job with unemployment and a wintry economic climate looming ahead? I was told that going into a graduate program for graphic design is for people who want to go into the academic side of the field, but it also seems like companies like IDEO seek out people with advanced degrees.