Learn about entering a graphic design training program!
Do you like to create and design works of art? Whether you enjoy adding a splash of color to a painting or designing a postcard, having an artistic flair may be a fulfilling hobby for you. A great creative outlet may be to pursue a career as a graphic designer. Graphic designers use their artistic and creative skills each day to create designs and products for clients.
If you’re curious about becoming a graphic designer, Branford Hall Career Institute gives you the answers to eight frequently asked questions about career training. Read through these answers to see if a training program should be the next step for you to pursue.
Q #1: What do graphic designers do?
A: Graphic designers are the artistic professionals who create visual concepts that communicate ideas which may inspire, educate, or stimulate the minds of consumers and customers. They integrate art and technology for many of their projects. However, sometimes they may also create artwork or designs by hand. During the work day, they meet with clients or an art director to determine the artistic direction of a project which includes brochures, magazines, advertisements, and corporate reports. When graphic designers create visual elements like logos and illustrations, they select colors, design layouts, images, and typefaces. They may use digital software for illustrations and edit photos for these projects. They’ll also communicate their design ideas to clients and art directors and incorporate any needed changes. Graphic designers review their final creations for errors before printing or publication.
Q #2: What will I learn in Branford Hall’s graphic design training program?
A: At Branford Hall, our graphic design & animation training program offers students the fundamentals of graphic design and animation principles in print and digital formats. Students may learn drawing and sketching principles, coloring, and graphic layout techniques. Digital image processing and editing, web development, scripting, multimedia and video production are also featured. The program also focused on interpersonal skills, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities.
Q #3: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: The program takes approximately a year to complete the graphic design program if you take day courses. Night courses may be completed in a year and a half. Evening classes may be convenient for students who work during the days.
Q #4: How do I apply to the graphic design training program?
A: You can apply to the graphic design training program at any time. Students are required to have a high school diploma or GED equivalent before applying. You can start by requesting more information from our admissions department. You can also fill out an application online or in person during your scheduled admissions interview. You may be able to begin classes in roughly six weeks so you could be out in the professional career field in no time!
Q #5: Will I find a job after graduation?
A: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook’s Job Outlook section for graphic designers, the career shows a stable rate of growth from 2014-2024. This is may be a promising trend. Branford Hall offers a Career Services Department that can assist you in finding a career availability before and after you graduate from the program. Career advisors may also help you write a cover letter and resume by providing samples. They can also show you useful networking techniques and help you polish your job interview skills.
Q #6: What salary can I expect as a graphic designer?
A: The salary or earnings for a graphic designer may vary by location, employer, or experience level. Once you graduate from the training program, you may be able to look for an entry-level position. The Occupational Outlook Handbook also features a section on pay for graphic designers. It offers a median annual wage which is calculated by estimating that half of graphic designers earned higher than the median and half earned less. If you’d like a better idea of what graphic designers in your area learn, you can research this on job listing sites in your area. You may find an average salary for different employers.
Q #7: Is financial aid available for this program?
A: Branford Hall encourages our students to apply for financial assistance. Students may apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most students are usually eligible for some form of financial aid. If it turns out you’re not eligible, you can always work with a financial advisor to develop a payment plan that works for you. We want to work with you to build a plan that is reasonable for you, so don’t be nervous about asking for assistance!
Q #8: Where is Branford Hall Career Institute located?
A: Our graphic design training program is offered at our Jersey City and New Brunswick, New Jersey campuses. More programs are featured at our Parsippany and Woodland Park, NJ locations. We also offer a variety of other career training programs at our campuses in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. You can contact Branford Hall at a time that is most convenient for you! If you’re interested in living a creative career with the ability to inspire others through art and color, then schedule a tour with us today!