Attending an excellent art school is a big part of it--nowadays, students have incredible access to industry professionals through online classes. Constant learning, even once you become a professional, is key. Specialization may be the best first step--graphic design, fashion design, and industrial design are very different industries.
Cynthia recommends the following next steps:
- Research and choose which industry to study.
- Investigate online classes in that specialty.
- Take a look at local workshops and mentorships in the industry.
- Create a portfolio and apply to a college with the appropriate major.
- Apply to internships.