Thursday, December 17, 2009

On-Campus and Online Colleges Expand Offerings in Arts and Design

As the demand for graphic designers trained to use the latest software continues to grow, more universities are expanding and diversifying their offerings in art and design. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports job prospects for graphic designers is expected to grow by 10 percent over the next seven years. Employment opportunities for those who have website design and animation experience will be particularly promising.

Most employers require applicants to have a bachelor's degree in fine arts or graphic design. As a result, many colleges and institutions of higher learning are tailoring their art and design programs to help their students gain a competitive edge in an increasingly competitive job market.

Because graphic design involves the use of many different software platforms, the field is constantly evolving as the availability of new technology increases. Consequently, training programs for individuals wishing to enter this field have been forced to adapt to changes in the industry.

To meet the needs of students and working adults who require flexible degree programs, CollegeAmerica has announced the availability of an online degree program in graphic arts. In partnership with Stevens-Henager College, the institution has established a program that integrates online and classroom-based coursework tailored to students with busy schedules who wish to launch or accelerate a career in graphic arts.

Courses start at the beginning of every month, which allows students to pursue the degree whenever they are able. Classes include the animation and website design components that are currently critical to success in the field. Other class topics include graphic design, flash, typography, Javascript, Photoship, Adobe Illustrator, pre-press Operations, Front Page digital imaging, marketing, computer fundamentals and databases.

Brick-and-mortar schools are also addressing the need for improved training in the field. For example, High Point University recently announced the creation of its new School of Art and Design, Business News reports.

The Triad, North Carolina-based university created the school as an expansion of its arts program. Through it, degree programs in art, graphic design and interior design will be offered. This is the first year the college will offer a degree in graphic design.

When looking at scholarships and grants a Pell Grant can be helpful to many students. Dennis Carroll, the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the creation of the school is "an attempt to bring greater attention to these programs and to develop a specialized school that would have a special significance in High Point." Current and prospective graphic designers may consider enrolling in similar classroom-based or online degree programs that can help them stay abreast of industry trends.

1 comment:

Robert said...

Graphics design is the art of visual communication that convey some information to audience. To make a career as a graphic designer one should be proficient in knowledge of graphics design tool and software like Photoshop, Corel draw, Flash etc.