Graphic Design Degree:
Plan Job Placement in Advance

Will a graphic design degree earned online help you find the job of your dreams?

Graphic design is a tech-heavy field. While degrees earned online have become more common in the IT world, it's important to do your job-seeking research in advance of choosing a degree program.

One distance learning student shares her experience after working toward her degree online.

Amanda from Nova Scotia, Canada, found her online experience only marginally useful. She attended HomeEd, taking courses in graphic design and web page development.

Read more about Amanda's experience below:

Describe what you liked best about your graphic design degree seeking experience.

I loved this program as it was very easy and was fun. The course loads were not too hard and I was able to excel very easily at most of it. I did enjoy the ability to be somewhat creative with projects, and since I am an artist to begin with I really enjoyed learning new ways to make art on the computer. I also enjoyed that they gave a full course on Microsoft Office as well. This enabled me to have something to fall back on should I need to find a job in a field other than Graphic Design. This way I am able to do general office admin work as well. The whole course provided me with many different skills and made me an advanced computer user. Also I was able to do my schoolwork in my pajamas! From the comfort of my own home!

Describe what you liked least about your online learning experience.

The one thing I really didn't like about this program is the fact that it wasn't as thorough as I would have liked. The programs we learned to use were very basic, and weren't specialized in any way. I would have liked to learn more about some of the more intensive and newer programs. For example, all of our web page development was taught using frontpage. We never learned how to write HTML or CSS or any of the other languages for web design, and we never used any of the other newer specialized programs.

I also HATED the Microsoft Word program. It was annoying and hard and we had to learn every single thing about the program and it took me several tries to get a grade that would pass. I could certainly do without that again. I also didn't like that the course didn't really prepare me for working in the field, because of how little in depth it was. I was quite surprised when I found myself not qualified for working in the field because of this.

Has earning this online experience helped or hurt your career?

Although I enjoyed learning graphic design through creative projects, I guess it has hurt my career. I spent money on courses that would be good for a hobbyist but not a professional.

What would you say to others who are thinking of pursuing a graphic design degree online?

Check into the course load and curriculum and make sure that your school has job-finding help available for when you are finished!

Amanda - Nova Scotia, Canada - HomeEd - Graphic Design and Web Page Development

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