Anyone studying or graduated from graphic design course in Victoria University /Swinburne /RMIT / Shellington?
Posted 18.04.2015 @ 4.32PM
I am thinking about returning to study graphic design and become a UX/UI Designer or graphic designer.I am interested in diploma of graphic design or intereactive media in Victoria University /Swinburne /RMIT or the intensive course in Shellington.
Can someone share their experiences in these courses? Thanks
In truth, most design courses on their own (including University degrees) are not enough to be employable. There is a huge oversupply of design graduates, the ones that are more easily employable do a LOT of work outside their course work to show their employability.
Whatever course you choose, start looking at work you can do for non-profits, friends and the like. Don't do free work for for-profit companies that can afford to pay someone.
Hey Karen - If you do decide to take up extra education I'd be inclined to go with a shorter course rather than a degree. I think you'd find some cross-over in conceptual, analysis and development skills from your BFA. It's the technical skills you'll want to brush up on most, and short courses seem to be good at this.
I agree with Dave that your best bet is to do as much work on the side as you can. Lots of graduates from any kind of design course struggle to get employment so doing lots of work is the only way to get a step up! If you don't already have any pet causes, https://www.goodcompany.com.au/default.aspx is a good place to start to find pro-bono clients.
Thanks everyone.I definitely will try to do some pro-bono works or freelance beside studying .
Now I am thinking about going to study diploma course in Swinburne University.
I was thinking about going to Shillington to study at first but it was rather expensive for a 3-month course.I rather save the money to buy a higher spec iMac : )
I am trying to find some decent books on graphic design.Can you guys please suggest some good books to read? Maybe something on graphic design principles, layout design ,Indesign or Illustrator?
Make sure you check what any course covers. From what I have heard of Shillington, they cover software mainly, with very little design theory, which I believe is very important for becoming an above average designer.
Unfortunately the design market is oversupplied. Many of my colleagues get hundreds of applications every week and even though there are some incredible designers out there, there is just no jobs for everyone and its very frustrating not being able to hire more guns. We get CV from award winning designers willing to work for free, seasoned designers with degrees or short courses with amazing work that eventually change careers.
Design education has become a last resort for many practitioners and it is an industry that is producing designers for the sake of it. Some of us calling it the "bubble of design", it is a reality that is hardly addressed in design forums.
My son wanted to study design and I encouraged him to pursue other path because the reality is that there are just no job prospects in this country. If I was you I would study the market a little bit further to make sure you take an informed decision before studying design.
Rubbish. People have been saying this for years. The same was said when I left Uni 12 years ago.
Since going out on my own 2 years ago I've turned down multiple offers for full time work... and there's many better designers than me out there... I've never won an award
Yes it may be hard to get your foot in the door if you're inexperienced but that's not just in the design industry.
My old man always said do what you love and strive to be the best. The rest will take care of itself. He's a wise man.
Karen if this is really what you want to do go for it. I went to Swinburne a long time ago so can't comment on what the course is like these days but I enjoyed it.
You have to be prepared to serve a bit of an apprenticeship when you finish studying. No course will 100% prepare you to work in the industry. Get your foot in the door somewhere and take on the work nobody else wants to do. Don't complain and work quickly. There's a lot of unpaid overtime in the design/advertising industry so you have to be driven by passion for the work and be patient.
It's not as glamorous as you would believe by looking at people's portfolios. What you don't see is the churn and burn work that pays the bills.