Graphic design degrees are in high demand for students seeking to start a career in the industry.
But the process can be daunting.
It requires a bit of work, and a degree in graphic design can be a tough sell for some.
“It can be frustrating to know you’re not going to be able to get a job because you don’t have a degree,” said Jennifer Pfeiffer, a graphic design graduate.
“You need a degree.”
The number of graphic design degrees awarded is growing, but Pfeisser and others like her say it’s not enough.
“We’re seeing more and more grads who are working in the digital design and interactive design fields, but it’s still not enough,” Pfeisler said.
For Pfeitters son, she’s looking for an entry-level job in digital design.
She said she’s hoping for a job in interactive design, which is also considered an entry level job.
“I’m looking to learn how to design and create for different platforms, and I think I’ll need to start working with different designers at some point,” she said.
Pfeitter said she’ll also need to take classes in graphic theory.
She also needs to look at what kind of design she wants to work on, how to interact with them, and how to get their feedback.
“Design is so much more than just the way a company would present something, it’s about the way people interact with it, how they feel about it,” Pyeiffer said.
“If I don’t understand that I’m not going see it through.”
Some graphic design students don’t know what they want to do in the future.
Pfeits son said she was lucky to have found an internship that taught her the skills she needed to pursue a career as a graphic artist.
“If I wanted to work in the graphic design industry I wouldn’t have done that internship,” Pichtier said.
“So many graphic design programs don’t really give you the tools to make your own designs, so I guess that’s why there are so many graphic designers out there.”
Pfeiffers son said if she had to choose between going back to school for her graphic design or starting her own business, she’d go for the career in interactive designs.