Is it possible for me to start a Graphic Design career being self taught and not going to an art institute?

By | October 23, 2015

I have a tour tomorrow but I don’t want to waste my time or money if I know I will not be attending due to the outrageous cost. I plan on teaching myself graphic design and starting a career in it. In your opinion or from your experience, is this possible?

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  1. nelle

    Yes, of course it’s possible to start a career without going to an Art Institute and being self-taught. If you have the determination and discipline to learn the Adobe Creative Suites on your own and are able to build a strong portfolio then good for you. I know for me, I couldn’t do it. I need to go to class and have a curriculum otherwise I know I just wouldn’t do it.

    I strongly recommend researching graphic design jobs in your area to see what the general requirements are. I know that when I was looking for jobs a lot of companies required candidates to have some sort of degree, usually a bachelors in a related field.

    I went to an Art Institute (AI) and yes, the cost is crazy. Why tour an AI school? There are other options. You could try a community college to get your generals done since it will be cheaper, then transfer to a state college that offers a design program. I wish I would have done that, but too late.

    Just make sure you are challenging yourself and besides being proficient in the design software, try to learn about your local design community. Sometimes when it comes to finding a job, it’s about who you know. Join your local AIGA ( chapter and network that way. AIGA puts on some great events and also sometimes have portfolio reviews that allows you to get invaluable feedback by industry professionals.

    Another tip, really work on your portfolio. Put in work that shows your strengths and include projects that reflects the area of design you want to get into or the company you want to work for. Also, make sure you have both an online and print portfolio. When you go into interviews, employers often ask to see a printed portfolio so be sure to have something that easily allows you to add or remove work.

    Good luck!

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