Can I combine graphic design with digital skills?

Heather needs to know which design route to take

 I graduated with an MA in Photography in 2006. Since then I have been lucky enough to work at an internationally known contemporary photogrpahy gallery and more recently a national museum.

When my contract at the museum came to an end it made me think about taking a different career path. I have experience in arts administration, and the roles I've had, had a diverse work load from events management, exhibition installation, front of house supervision to project management.

I think that I could follow the events/project management route which has transferable skills, but the creative/artistic side of me wants to pursue a new career within design...possibly graphic design for advertising & web.

What route into the design industry could I take? Do I need a degree or will something like a Foundation degree do?

Also as everything is going digital are there courses out there that combine graphic design with web/digital skills?

— Heather Johnson

Expert answers

Amy Edwards's reply:

Hi Heather,

It sounds like you've got a lot of experience under your belt - and, although I might be a bit biased, I think the digital industry is a great option. In terms of experience/degrees, a lot of the graphic design jobs we advertise at Bubble Jobs don't actually call for an academic degree. Instead, a lot call for candidates to have a strong working knowledge of programs like Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, a strong eye for detail and of course, a strong, diverse portfolio.

In terms of digital design jobs, a good working knowledge of things like HTML and CSS is essential, as is working knowledge of responsive design and familiarity with the principles of User Experience and Usability design - definitely a few things I'd advise you to try and get your head around before you start applying for graphic design jobs.

I hope this helps! 😊 

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