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  • INTERNSHIPS
  • PORTFOLIO ADVICE
  • AIGA
  • INDUSTRY PUBLICATIONS
  • FAQ

Careers in Design

Visual Communication Design is a broad profession that includes many specializations and covers all ends of the creative spectrum. Many of these job descriptions overlap heavily, and an education in VCD will serve useful in more fields than just those listed here.

Internships

As you first begin studying Visual Communication Design, it’s important to consider what kinds of design work interest you. An internship is the BEST way to get experience and to gain more clarity about what you may or may not like to do when you graduate.

Portfolio Advice

What is a portfolio?

A portable proof of your design education and a document of your work. A display of exercises, talent, thinking and solutions to visual communication problems. The physical form of the portfolio is completely up to you. It should, however, not be too precious or complicated. Nor should it require delivery by freight elevator. It is a communication tool, not a self-centered reflection of your personality.

American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA)

AIGA is the professional association for design, advances designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. AIGA sets the national agenda for the role of design in economic, social, political, cultural and creative contexts. There are more than 22,000 members in 66 chapters who create, inspire and appreciate good design.

Industry Publications

A great source of creative publications

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m thinking about going to graduate school. What advice do you have?

Here’s some great information (PDF download).

Someday, we may have more than one frequently asked question!

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