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What Qualifications Do I Need To Be A Graphic Designer?

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Having a degree in graphic design will help your chances of securing a job. Companies look for graphic designers that have quite a lot of experience, sometimes up to five years, though this is usually for senior positions.

You don't necessarily have to have a degree, but some graphic design qualification, maybe an 'A' level, may help. Courses are good as they will help you to explore all the areas of graphic design, from the design side to the more illustrative side.

Companies also look for applicants who have a wide knowledge of computers, particularly Macs. You can attend courses that will show you how to use various programs such as Photoshop, though you can actually train yourself by following the tutorials provided with the program. The program QuarkExpress is often used by graphic designers, so some knowledge of that would be useful.

Aside from knowledge, you need to have a flair for creativity, a keen eye for detail, be efficient to meet deadlines and enjoy working with computers.
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First and foremost you need to be a creative and professional person. You need to be good with English (or your chossen language) and be reasonably good at maths.
It helps to have a passion for art and design in general. These days it is absolutly vital to know your way around the Adobe Creative Suite of applications - preferably on the Mac platform. And of course, the most important thing to get you into your first job is a relevant and awesome looking porfolio of designwork.
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Penny Kay answered
You would need Art, Drafting, lots of Computer classes, design concepts, or something of that nature, as well as English or language classes to begin with.
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John Caree answered

Well basically you need to be able to design good graphics. If you can do that you can make $$$ freelancing!

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I was wondering the grades that I would need because when I grow up I want to be a graphic designer. My grandma always tells me to get off the computer but I can't stop doing what I love. I'm 13 now and alredy like math and science they are my 2 favorite classes. Ill be in the 8th grade by some time in august this year taking advanced classes. I was just wondering what I need to do because I'm willing to do anything it takes to become a graphic designer thanks to any1 who can help.
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