A question for you cats who make tshirt designs for a living/occupation..

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  1. fightingrabbit Banned Banned

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    The world of art and design is pretty broad. And i've been confused as of late as to which classes i should take and what paths i should choose. I've seen alotta people on here who frequently talk about apparel design, which is why im here. To ask, what courses did you guys take and what degrees did you need?

    Currently for me, i am taking vocational courses for Graphic Design, which in turn i recieve a Certificate for. So i guess i would be a certified "graphic designer" But its not an AA degree to my understanding. Im taking these courses in hopes that they'll give the skills i need to start designing t-shirts or maybe even running my own line. So my question to you people who been through it all is..Would a Certificate be sufficient?

    I mean, does it have to be really extensive schooling? Because i can totally understand that the idea of wanting to design tshirts for a living is really pretty hit or miss. So im trying to be realistic, If that dream failed, Could i fall back on this "graphic design certificate" and still have something to go for and make a good living off of?
     
  2. cheesesteak Green Belt

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    in the graphic communications world, it is better to have good ideas and a strong portfolio than a degree from so-and-so and nothing good to show.
     
  3. Krossinc Design is el cool

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    Granted, but it is far more likely to see an impressive portfolio accompanying that fancy degree than a strong portfolio coming from someone untrained.

    Of course its possible, but it helps.
     
  4. Westie** Purple Belt

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    Graphic Design is a tough racket man. I took a certificate course a few years back only to realize the when they turn you out to the real world......graphic designers are a dime a dozen. I am in Canada, and my experience was that with no portfolio the only doors opened were from small businesses who pay $10 to $13 an hour, while charging the customer $45 to $60 an hour for your services. I struggled with it for a couple years and got pissed off before getting a union job at the saw mill. That sucks too!!

    Dude, guys like you and me.....we should have stayed in school when it counted. There, hope I was able to cheer you up a little.
     
  5. stu3ufc** Yoshihiro Akiyama

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    good luck to you---follow your dreams --you dont need a degree always-- just have a good porfoliio --- lol now no skulls or cross bones please

    post ur designs too
     
  6. Well, I've got a Bachelors in Fine Arts (4 year degree). My concentrations were in graphic design (Mac & PC), illustrations and photography. I used all of these skills in my 8 years in the apparel screen printing business. Get as much education and knowledge of your craft as possible. It makes any job easier.
    Some employers will use "not having a formal art degree" as an excuse to pay you less. The industry is full of people who know their way around programs like Illustrator, Corel Draw, Photoshop and Quark Express but are not creative. Strong layout skills, freehand drawing, knowledge of printing inks, and the patience of Joab to drag customer ideas & concepts out of their heads and to life are helpful too. Best of luck.
     

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