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David Carson, one of the most successful graphic designers today has said
‘Graphic Design will save the world once Rock & Roll dies.’
I looked around for a good definition but there is no single definition that completely captures its essence. At a simplistic level, it’s about putting content and form together. But at a deeper more complex level, Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. That’s what it is… Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.
Well, you can’t deny that the graphic design field has always been competitive and the figures show that it is expected to continue in this trend. I don’t mean to demoralize you but job growth in graphic design is not projected to grow substantially, only increasing approximately by the average employment growth rate. It turns out that employers will give experienced graphic designers preference. So, choosing a school with a well-regarded program in the graphic design or related fields is important. Here are the Top Ten Schools for Graphic Designing from all around the world.
The Art Center College of Design is located in sunny California and has been cranking out the most amazing designers for over 80 years. In the schools statistics report it notes that 88% of the students who graduated from the basic undergrad program have landed jobs, so that is definitely a positive. This College specializes in Advertising, Graphic Design, and Illustration programs. Some notable alumni that have graduated from the college are Dustin Edward Arnold & Sandeep Menon
Where do I start? http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/index.jsp
Next we will travel to New York and show you the Parsons School of Design. Their curriculum trains students to be able to solve complex problems as well as creating new innovative approaches. This school pretty much covers every facet of design from Fashion to Art history. Parsons has produced big names such as Marc Jacobs & Norman Rockwell, this is definitely the art school to attend if you can get into the prestigious institution.
Where do I start? - http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/
Only about 19 years old, this Canadian institution has made a name for itself by providing some of the best design education in Canada. This school focuses on Graphic design as well as architecture and fashion, and its classes are lead by some of the best designers in the area. So if you want to study in Canada and are thinking about attending a design school then you might want to consider this one.
Where do I start? - http://www.pacificdesignacademy.com/
The Rhode Island School of Design is another well-known college that focuses on Graphic Designing. If you choose to enroll you will be engulfed in the fine arts learning about everything from Typography, to Design Theory. You can earn your Bachelors of Graphic Design in 5 years at the school, which will mean you are proficient in the arts. This school also has a very long list of impressive alumni which you can check out on the website.
Where do I start? - http://www.risd.edu/
Central St. Martins is a great art and design college in the UK. This is one of the more prominent design schools in Europe having ties to many creative industries around the world. This school offers many different design programs that you can choose from if you decide to go. Again, the notable alumni’s that have graduated from this college can be viewed on the website.
Where do I start? - http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/
The University is over 138 years old (yes that’s bloody old) and is dedicated to many different forms of design like media art, and motion graphics. You can be assured to get a well-rounded education in this school because of its renowned curriculum.
Where do I start?- http://taik.aalto.fi/en/
This Swedish institute has a multitude of interesting design orientated classes and is renowned as the best art school in all of Sweden. The institute was even featured as one of the best design schools in the world 2 years running by BusinessWeek. Only about 14 students are accepted annually to their bachelors program so this is definitely a hard school to get into, but you won’t regret it if you do.
Where do I start?- http://www.dh.umu.se/
Brush up your French for this academy located in the heart of Paris trains designers to think ahead and focus on the future of their fields. All the basics are covered in this school and then some other alternative majors as well. This is a great school for those who want to or already do live in France, so make sure to check it out if you are interested.
Where do I start? - http://www.creapole.fr/
What’s interesting is that the core values of this institute are centered around what they call Humanistic Designs. The university preps its 1200 students to become strategic thinkers in regards to their art.
Where do I start? – http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/web/index.php
This massive school holds whopping 44,000 students (Yay!! Simpler to get in) but it is considered to be one of the best design schools in Australia. This university also offers an international program for overseas students, and its current courses focus on Photography, Graphic Design, and even Jewelry. This is another great choice if you are in the area and want to go to a design school.
Where do I start? - http://www.curtin.edu.au/
This time I won't conclude with a long paragraph on following your dreams or some quote by some dude. This time let me show you something incredibly stunning. This is what you can create- Typography!
PS: I hope you like Quentin Tarantino!