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What advice would you give to an aspiring graphic designer?

What majors should I take for graphic design? What can I do as a graphic designer? What all do I need to know?

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Sally’s Answer

Firstly, start to build a portfolio of design work, create your own designs for book covers for existing books, event posters, magazine spreads for your favourite magazines, logo designs, anything that you are passionate about and keep building on your work as much as you can.

The best advice I can give you, that I gave myself when I first started was if you want to be a designer, start being a designer NOW and believe you are a designer now. It will help you to take your career seriously as well as potential clients believing in you too.

Contact design studios and ask to be an intern.
If you are serious about being a great graphic designer, consider taking a further education diploma which will lead to a degree in graphic design or visual communication at university.
University is a great way to meet other likeminded designers and you will be mentored by professional designers in the field of your choice and they will provide you with much needed feedback on the work you create, so that you can hone your craft and become a great designer.
Good luck.
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Rhonda’s Answer

I am not a graphic designer, nor am I artistic, but my son is a Graphic Design major at Virginia Commonwealth University. From my experience with him, my suggestions are to contact graphic design firms and reach out to graphic designers (both those in corporate America AND freelancers). Maybe even see if you can shadow one. Interview them. Ask for their suggestions. This will also help you build relationships with people in the industry that can become mentors. Work on building a portfolio. Look into internships, even if they're not as a designer, so you can see what day-to-day Graphic Design life is like. Good luck!
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