A look at the different graphic design courses available today
Technology has helped us lead and advance our lives to where it is today. Technology is the reason why there is a proliferation of graphic design courses and online education. Graphic design courses allow you to combine technology and creativity to communicate ideas, information and design in unique ways relevant to businesses and consumers.
There are a lot of general graphic design courses available to students today – they are intended for a broad field of practical skills, giving the theory to students and opening a variety of options available to them when they graduate. Some of broad niches are print design, website and product design, advertising, and logo production (branding).
To put it simply, you can see a lot of graphic designer’s ingenious work and design in a variety of settings – from a billboard, a road sign, magazine cover to a cereal box and book illustration. These days, graphic design involves using the computer and computer software to design. There are many types of graphic designers including:
- Logo designers
- Website designers
- Flash designers
- CAD designing
- Multimedia designers
- Photo editing/art
What is best to note about graphic design courses is that students are not only educated in the technical aspect (how-to’s in computer design), they are also educated in conceptual and formal skills for them to come up with original, innovative and groundbreaking ideas once they start working.
While there are many types of graphic design programs available, it is usually the same few that are used by most all designers. Most designers prefer to use a MAC computer, however many design programs are available on both the PC and MAC.
A few of the most commonly used professional graphic design programs include:
- Adobe Photoshop
- In Design
- Daz Studio
- CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Flash Professional
- Macromedia Freehand
- Paint Shop Pro