Qualifications to be a Graphic designer? Ep30/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

Qualifications to be a Graphic designer? Ep30/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

Hello, and welcome to
this beginner’s guide series to graphic design. From what graphic design is, skills to be a graphic
designer, design theory, education you need, equipment you need, to the graphic design
portfolio and interview advice. This series is for anyone and any level. So if you’re interested in graphic design and considering becoming
a graphic designer, then join me as I discuss a
series of graphic design topics. (upbeat music) So you’re thinking about
getting into graphic design, and you’re wondering what qualifications will you need to enter into the industry. Now if you’re young, between the age of 11
and 20, still at school, and thinking of becoming
a graphic designer, you may be wondering what do I need to get into the industry? What qualifications do I need? And what grades do I need? Now if you’re a little older and you’re thinking of a career change, you may also be wondering
what experience do I need? Do I need a college degree? So all these are good
and important questions. Now in most cases, when
seeking a graphic design job, it does not matter where you have been, where you have studied,
what subjects you undertook, or what grades you have
or how old you are. Most of the time, the one
thing that will get you a job in graphic design is your portfolio. Your job as a graphic
designer is to be creative, and you are looking to get paid
to creatively problem solve. Someone is going to pay
you to do work for them, and the only way they can be assured you’re the person for the job is by looking at what
you have already done and what you can do for them. I have been in the industry
for over 10 years now, and I have never been
asked where I studied and what grades I have had. So if you are looking to get
into the design industry, your first priority is to
build yourself a portfolio to showcase your ability. If you can demonstrate you
have done a variety of work along with some examples
of your design process, this will be attractive to an employer especially if an employer has a particular creative job in
mind you have done before. If you can demonstrate you have done work with successful and high-quality results, that will be very impressive. Now one typically starts
to generate a portfolio at college and university
which upon graduated, one can use at interviews to get a job. Now if you’re older and have not attended any creative course, you can develop your portfolio personally. So the first main
qualification you will need is your portfolio. I will be talking more about the portfolio in a future episode of
this series in episode 33. Now the portfolio, in my opinion, is the most important qualification, but some may argue that
experience is more significant. I have been to so many interviews only to be told that I
have not been given the job because the other applicant
had more experience than I did. Experience is something that
becomes more and more relevant as you begin to apply yourself to more senior positions in the industry. Experience is what will be looked for and scrutinized as you apply for jobs such as where you studied. Some art schools may
have a good reputation for having good courses and
producing good designers. If you find yourself competing with other graduate designers, then this and your degree
can give you the edge. You will find that this is only relevant when you’re fresh out of school. You don’t have any prior experience, and you’re applying for a graduate job. As you become more and more senior and gain experience in the industry, this will become irrelevant. Who you have worked for. As you apply yourself to senior roles, you will find who you have worked for will become more relevant. If you can say you have worked for some well-known agencies and clients, this can be impressive
and install confidence. References. If you can provide positive references from people you have worked with or for, this will highly improve
your chances of getting work. The more, the better. What jobs you have done. Now employers will be looking for you to do a specific creative job or perhaps a range of creative jobs. If you can demonstrate you
have done a variety of work, this will be attractive to an employer. Awards you have won. This is really a bonus. If you can claim to have
won any particular awards, this will add to your credibility. Your skills and talents. This can be anything from
your communication skills, your software skills,
to your design process. If you can talk about your
work and your design process, show that you’re methodical,
efficient, and swift at bringing your work to life,
this can be very attractive. This is where you can
stand out from others. So those are some experience points that will be looked for
by potential employers. Graphic design can be a
very competitive industry. Sometimes it can come down to experience on who gets the job. So your experience comes
in the form of a CV. What you will find is
when you apply for a job, you will send over your portfolio, your CV, and any references. The CV is a representation of your professional
persona and experience. If the portfolio is a showcase
of your work and talent, then the CV is a showcase
of your experience, personality, and personal qualities. The CV will predominantly
be an introduction to yourself, your key skills, and a list of who you have
worked for and what you did. I’ll be talking more about the CV in a future episode of
this series in episode 35. So the main qualifications you will need to enter into the graphic design industry is a portfolio of work and
experience in the form of a CV. Now these two qualifications
remain crucial throughout your entire
graphic design career. As you gain more experience
and create more work, you will find yourself having
to constantly update them to get better jobs in future. So what do you think? Do you agree that the
portfolio is more important? Or do you think experience is key? Let me know what you think
in the comments below. If you would like to take a closer look at the list I have
discussed in this video, you can find out more in the PDF document that accompanies this video series. Link is in the description. Well I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, hit the like
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on Twitter and TastyTuts. So that concludes section
two of this series, considering a career in graphic design. Now we are going to
move on to section three where you can learn how to
become a graphic designer. In the first video of that section, I’m going to discuss the typical equipment you will need to become
a graphic designer. So see you in the next video.

12 thoughts on “Qualifications to be a Graphic designer? Ep30/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

  1. In my opinion, I think your EXPERIENCE is more important than your CV only because with experience, you will have previous knowledge of how to solve the problem when it first occurs. With your CV, you just LISTING what you know. You can always change your CV, but you can't change when you already experienced.

  2. The portfolio is indeed the most important thing! Whether its online or physical. I have both, so on my resumkes I give my links to Youtube, and my online portfolio. I have my best work printed out on great quiality photo paper in a portfolio binder that I take with me to any of my interviews

  3. Can I ask? I'm going to start A-Level Graphic Design in a few weeks. Say I finish the A-Level course and get a B after the 2 years but I don't want to go to University. Do you think I'll be able to get an apprenticeship in graphic design fresh out of A-Levels. If so what sort of role would I be taking. And also is it essential to go to University? Thanks and a great video as usual.

  4. I would also like to state, that Graphic Design, being the competitive field that it is, comes another valuable skill in the workplace – that most videos don't touch on, and that is time management. It is a fast-paced industry. Making quick decisions, edits and designs that meet the brief is a commodity in most Graphic Design work environments.

  5. my age is 18 . I don't have any idea about graphic designing but I want to learn graphic designing. wil I be able to understand the course without any prior knowledge

  6. I am living in India and after completing mba in 2008 I had got an accident
    After that I give time to graphic designing in a printing press which was a shop. Now I wants to make my career in graphic designing but I did not get any degree or diploma for graphic designing. What should I do ??
    Thanks in advance ☺️

  7. Im looking into A Levels now.
    my history is that Im doing Art GCSE, but my school unfortunatly didn't offer an IT GCSE and i regret not taking DT or Graphics. At the time i didn't know what they were, but now i wish i took graphics GCSE.
    Because now looking into A Levels, I find that not many normal schools offer a Graphics A Level option. They may offer IT or DesignTechnology, but i don't know which one to take?
    At one school, it was heavily focused on resistant materials not graphics, and in the other school, i couldn't do both art and DesignTechnology 🙁
    Plus, i don't know if I'd make it in without a GCSE in DT/ IT/ Graphics.
    Its very hard to know where i want to go into, and where I CAN go with my GCSE's right now.

  8. In my case I’m quite skilled at graphic design with a strong portfolio without any formal qualifications in Wix, so in my case aged 63+, experience was important, and tackle most projects, as multi-skilled.

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