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The School of Visual Arts

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Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationB+
Individual ValueC University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyD FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeC
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsF
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Date: Apr 07 2011
Major: Art & Design Department (This Major's Salary over time)
The Graphic Design program is decent, but here's a little tip for those who are considering taking up Graphic Design: If you can't afford to pay $20,000-$40,000 each year for up to four years, do not go here. Do not put yourself under a pile of loan debt just to get an arts degree, because it's not worth it. It is ridiculous that students have to pay this much for an arts degree. The job market for Graphic Design is over-saturated, and very competitive, so you will have a difficult time finding a steady job when there are several hundred other people applying. Through personal research, I discovered that a graphic design job listing can net over 400 resumes a week.

The problem is that the professors or anyone at the school will not tell you this, because they need that $20k-$40k from each student to operate. The program itself isn't as in-depth as some might expect it to be. It's more experimental design rather than real in-field type of work. If you can go to a cheaper school that will give you a bachelors for under $10k a year, by all means do it, because you will get the exact same education there.

The best alternative to this of course is the internet and books. There are so many tutorial websites out there for Adobe Creative Suite and Web Design (lots of companies are going digital now) that you can practically teach yourself in half the time that you would taking useless classes in a GD program. Plus you won't end up in debt, and looking for a job for months if not a year. In the end, your clients will not look at where you received your degree from, but at your portfolio of your past work, and its quality.

I've learned very little compared to what real jobs require. Here are a few things I recommend for everyone to focus on while learning Graphic Design: Typography, kerning and leading, Web design (at least HTML and CSS), print production (to prepare files for print), and applications themselves (you will only get to learn the basics at this school).

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