How-To

Choosing A Design School

Choosing a Design School You’re a creative thinker with a passion for the visual arts. You have the vision, drive and self-confidence necessary to become a professional designer. You can’t wait to start taking classes in your chosen field, but there’s just one thing holding you back - you’re not sure how to go about choosing a design school. If this sounds familiar, read on to discover how to find the right design school for you.

Here are a few key factors you should take into consideration when you’re comparing design schools:

1. Location, Location, Location:

As a young designer, one of the most important keys to launching a successful career will be the internships you’ll complete-either while in design school or immediately following graduation. So location can be a major factor in your decision. If you’re considering a career in fashion design, for instance, choosing a school in a major design hub like New York or Los Angeles may be especially attractive. Whatever your area of interest, you should make sure that the location of your school is also home to several employers you’d love to work for.

2. Quality of the faculty:

Ideally, many of the faculty members in your design school program of choice will have spent several years working in the field. Not only will this give you real-life insight into the concepts they’re teaching-faculty with strong industry connections can benefit you immensely when it comes time to seek employment recommendations. You should also look for at least a few of your potential design school’s faculty members to have won industry awards.

3. Time to graduation:

If you’re looking to start working in the field as soon as possible or keep your design school expenses as low as possible, you might want to seek out schools that offer shorter programs. Many design schools offer associate’s degree and certificate programs that will give you the same core design skills as longer programs.

4. Tuition:

Whether you choose to attend a relatively expensive private design school or a less costly program at a state-run institution, you should make sure that your tuition dollars will generate an acceptable return-on-investment. As part of your design school evaluation process, be sure to inquire about former graduates’ job placement rates and career successes.

5. Job placement services:

A good design school should be able to assist you with finding exciting internships and employment opportunities. A bustling career services office is a good sign that a design school is doing everything it can to help its students launch their dream careers.