Academic options for self-taught designer?
June 1, 2004 3:25 PM Subscribe
What are the academic options for a self-taught graphic designer who wants to become more "cross-trained" in the field?
posted by dhoyt to Education (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Short story long:
I've been doing web design (Photoshop, HTML and a little Flash) for five years for a small family-owned web shop. As I contemplate moving to a larger city, I realize I'm way behind the curve in terms of skill-set and employability. I basically need to be much more well-rounded in order to compete but I'm not sure how to go about doing so. For example I'd like to learn print design and some theory, but am not interested in taking a four year program at art school. I already have a bachelor's in Creative Writing and am not sure I want to start school all over to learn graphic design.
The truth to all this is that graphic design is not a huge passion for me. I like it and I'm pretty good at it and I think I should probably continue doing it for the meantime, but mostly it's a comfortable way to make a living while I concentrate on my real passion which is playing music.
So I guess what I'm wondering is: are there one-year continuing ed programs that immerse you in all-around web skills like what I'm describing? Do art schools offer shorter, specialized immersion programs? I've Googled some of the answers I'm looking for, but I'd like to hear from any designers out there who've found efficient ways to become more well-rounded. Thanks!