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how long do you have to be in school for a graphic designer

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Arah’s Answer

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Hi Hailey-

I went the 4-year degree route and my BFA is in communication design. Some designers can get work with a 2-year degree and a strong portfolio of work (work meaning school projects, paid work or even projects you invented).

Depending on where you want to work, a degree may be required, but keep in mind that what's more important with graphic design is the strong portfolio and soft skills like writing, speaking, and being organized. Those will be even more important if you go the freelance route and become "your own boss."

Good luck!
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Keira’s Answer

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Hi, Hailey! I have worked in Advertising doing copywriting, but I worked directly with graphic designers and art directors. Most of the graphic designers I know completed a Bachelor’s degree in Communications or Art. That would be a 4 year commitment. Usually, an art program will offer a BFA (which requires a portfolio), and a Communications program will offer a BS (which does not require a portfolio). You could also opt to go to an Ad School, which specifically trains graphic designers on how to design for advertising.

Keira recommends the following next steps:

  • Think about what level of educational commitment you can make.
  • Start practicing and creating work for a portfolio.
  • Contact schools with this degree to get more information on what they look for.
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