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Can you be a graphic designer without a graphic design degree?

I’m not going to lie to you; it’s complicated, as you will be working with business people, who are judged, by their bosses and who they employ.


After twenty years in full-time designer roles, in various departments, without a graphic design degree. I would say it’s worth getting a degree!


It just gives your managers and directors, the confidence they need, to get on with their jobs successfully. Without any doubts coming up, about your skills.


In a way, I was lucky, as when I became a graphic and website designer, there weren’t degrees out there. So, I managed to find employment, with a fine arts degree and bags of enthusiasm.


I’m guessing; it would be much harder now as you would be competing against people with degrees.




Since I, came into the design world, from a peculiar angle, and the fact I was on the PC desktop computer, rather than a Macintosh. I was always going to have to work, that little bit harder. To keep my career adrift and to get the opportunities I desired.


I realised I was different, compared to other graphic designers, who had degrees. My first design role was using the PC, which meant I was involved in web design. Most graphic designers start on the Mac and do print work mainly.


The PC isn’t taught at universities, when it comes, to anything design related. It’s always the Macintosh. I enjoy working on the PC, as it means I can get employment in many different sectors.




I’ve found that a lot of companies will employ a graphic designer, working within all of its departments.


These types of roles, won’t get your creative juices flowing, but if you’re interested in the business –  It’s a pretty exciting role!


But without a degree, you will always be fighting a challenging battle.  As the competition is immense and your life will be made harder without one.





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design without degree

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