Choosing Design as a Degree Can Give You an Edge

I’ve found that there are two types of designers; those with a traditional education in art or design and those who are mostly self-educated. Design is unique in that it is one of the few professions where you can teach yourself the basics in the comfort of your own home without much formal training. That’s right, you generally don’t need one of the top online degrees to succeed as a designer. I, for one, consider myself a self-educated designer. I went to school, studied hard, but got a degree in something other than art or design. While I was always passionate about design and even took some classes in Photoshop and Illustrator, for whatever reason, I decided not to pursue a degree in the arts. At the time, I felt that it didn’t matter. I felt that I could pursue my interest in design on the side while I worked towards a degree in another topic. This is a decision that I have come to regret.

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Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Creativity is the most important element in our field, also the way you can express what you cant to say, with a tool like PS or AI or whatever even paint.
    But studies can give you more basis about culture and some tips.
    Anyway both are ok it depends of the designer.

  • Maryann

    Getting a degree in design can’t teach you talent and creativity…I think that is just a natural talent one needs to have in order to succeed. Some people just don’t have an eye for color, or balance. Anyone can go to class and get a degree, but can you be good at what you do?

  • While I’ll be the first to agree that a graphic design education is no substitute for talent and creativity, what I will say is that learning things like the rule of thirds, and learning gestalt uniforming principles, and the ling and process of he adverting industry is very important and will help you advance your career tremendously. It very well mean the difference between your work being good vs great!
    .-= Roberto Blake´s last blog ..New Book- ARTFUL MANIPULATIONS =-.

  • I think that it is quite possible for someone to be a brilliant graphic designer without moving a formal education in the subject. Indeed sometimes it is necessary to be an outsider looking in on the establishment to make the grate leaps in creativity.