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Graphic Design

Summary

A designer who creates visual impact using computer-software are graphic designers. They understand the needs and requirements of their clients before making design decisions. They work for various products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions, etc. The key skills required include creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines.

Career Opportunities in Graphic Design

How to Become a Graphic Designer

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Class XII with Any Stream (Science for some)Pursue Bachelors in Design (Graphics) for 3-4 yearsPursue Masters in Design (Graphics) for 2 years-
Path 2
Clear Class XII with any streamPursue Diploma in Graphic Design for 6 months to 2 years.Pursue PG Diploma in Graphic Design for 1-2 years.-
Path 3
Clear Class XII Any StreamPursue graduation in any field.Pursue Post Graduate Diploma in Design/Graphic Design for 1-2 years-

Important Facts

  • The candidate must have secured minimum 50% in class XII.
  • For Design courses at IIT's one must have Science with Maths in Class XII.
  • Most colleges have an age limit of 20 years.

Leading Institutes

Top Graphic Design Institutes in India
College Location Website
NID Ahmedabad Multiple Locations www.nid.edu
IIT,Bombay Bombay www.idc.iitb.ac.in/academics/Bdes-program.html
IIT,Guwahati Guwahati www.iitg.ac.in/design
IIT,Kanpur Kanpur www.iitk.ac.in/design/apply.html
IITDM Jabalpur Jabalpur www.iiitdmj.ac.in
Indian School of Design and Innovation Mumbai www.isdi.in/graphic-design-essentials.html
UPES,Dehradun Dehradun www.upes.ac.in/bdes
MIT Institute of Design Pune www.mitid.edu.in/academics.html
Arch Academy of Design Jaipur www.archedu.org
Symbiosis Institute of Design Pune www.sid.edu.in
Top Graphic Design Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Central Lancashire England www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/ba_hons_graphic_design.php
Aalto University School Of Arts, Design and Architecture Finland www.arts.aalto.fi/en/studies/programmes
Marbella Design Academy Spain www.designschool.com
Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Italy www.naba.it/en
Centennial College Canada www.centennialcollege.ca/programs-courses/full-time/graphic-design

Graphic Design Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
NID- DAT March - may Comprehension, Analysis, Reasoning, Problem Solving and Creativity www.admissions.nid.edu/default_viewResult.aspx
CEED January Spatial ability, logical , analytical and logical reasoning, observation and design sensitivity www.ceed.iitb.ac.in/2017
ISDI December Creative Aptitude Test, Studio Test culminating into Personal Interview Portfolio Review www.isdi.in/admissions-ugp.html
SET March Design aptitude, General English - Quantitative, General Awareness, Analytical & Logical Reasoning www.set-test.org
MITID April - May Design Aptitude Test, Studio Test, Personal Interview www.mitid.edu.in/admissions.html
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
NID- DAT March - may Comprehension, Analysis, Reasoning, Problem Solving and Creativity www.admissions.nid.edu/default_viewResult.aspx
CEED January Spatial ability, logical , analytical and logical reasoning, observation and design sensitivity www.ceed.iitb.ac.in/2017
ISDI December Creative Aptitude Test, Studio Test culminating into Personal Interview Portfolio Review www.isdi.in/admissions-ugp.html
MITID April - May Design Aptitude Test, Studio Test, Personal Interview www.mitid.edu.in/admissions.html

Work Description

  • Combine art and technology to create images, logos, websites, advertisements, etc.
  • Understand the needs of the client and then create designs accordingly
  • Discuss the planned layout with art directors and the clients before implementing it
  • Work with different software programmes
  • Take decisions regarding the font, colour combination and other animations to make the product look attractive to the viewers
  • Review the designs with the client and make the necessary amendments
  • Promote an organisation's agenda by reaching out to the masses
  • Use one's creativity and innovation to produce unique illustrations

Pros & Cons of a Career in Graphic Design

Pros
  • Graphic Designers are employed in multiple industries like web designing, print industry, etc.
  • There is a huge demand.
  • You can work as a freelancer with multiple companies.
Cons
  • It is important to learn various programs for success in the industry.
  • The competition is high in the industry.
  • You should be very creative.
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