Graphic Design Certificate vs Degree
If you are asking yourself the question “should I get a graphic design certificate vs degree?”, then you must be at an exciting crossroads in your life! Are you considering your career options after finishing school or college? or perhaps, like many others, you are thinking about retraining from another profession? Regardless of what got you here, we know a thing or two about just how rewarding and diverse life as a designer can be. Read on to find out more about different accreditations and what it takes to be snapped up by top industry employers.
What jobs can you get in graphic design?
To start, what does ‘graphic design’ even mean? It is officially defined as “the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books”, but it covers so much more than that. Completing a graphic design course can lead you to become a creative director, art director, advertising designer, concept artist, illustrator, animator, web designer, game artist, interior designer and more. These roles all start from the same place – the passion to work in a creative field.
How to break into graphic design?
As we say a lot here at Strohacker Design School – creativity can be taught. Look around you and see the composition of food and drink packaging, publications, logos, posters and every design we come across in our day to day lives. These were all made by graphic designers who started out exactly where you are now! And whilst there are many ways to break into the industry, we believe there are two important factors to make you work-ready. Firstly, a comprehensive education with the ability to explore the many facets of design, and secondly, a killer portfolio with real-life examples of your work.
Degree or not degree?
Degrees usually take place over three years, offering time in between terms to get industry placements and experience. However, the rising cost of tuition fees in the UK, living expenses and the inflexibility of full-time learning means students are looking for new ways to learn graphic design. This is where online, part-time or full-time accreditations can offer an alternative route for prospective students.
Graphic Design Certificate vs Degree
The biggest difference between a graphic design certificate vs degree is cost. University can cost up to £58,000, while graphic design courses can range from £1,999 to £8,495.
Online, part-time or full-time graphic design courses provide a curriculum focused on helping students build a work-ready portfolio. Whereas, a bachelor degree is typically awarded after three years of study with a combination of academic theory as well as practical work.
It’s all about your portfolio
At the end of the day, talent talks. And for decades, there has been the debate that universities are not properly preparing students for the fast-paced working environment. Working to three-month timelines is not practical in a professional setting, which is why we prepare our students by offering a diverse mix of industry-standard projects with a fast turnaround time. It allows us to work with our students to explore the many areas of design and find the area that suits their skills. Then we showcase those skills with a killer portfolio that gets them noticed by key industry employers.
Professional Graphic Design Certificate
The Strohacker Design School certification is starting to become well recognised in the industry for producing very professional graduates who can walk straight into a job and hit the ground running. Find out more about our curriculum on our full-time graphic design course page today.