Need help on getting back into graphic design


#1
i have HNC visual communication, did it in 2013, its been a few years. I never persued this as a career, But now im kinda interested in working in job in this area like graphic design, illustrator, web design. What are my options? college, a course? I dont have any of the programs anymore like abode etc.
Can anyone give me help or any advice.. thanks.
 

hankscorpio

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#2
Spelling is probably something that is sought after...

As well as that - are there any companies in your area you can write/email/visit to discuss an internship?
 

Levi

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I don't mean to come across as rude here but what exactly does HNC visual communication teach you, from what I can see it's like an 'intro course' to pretty much every field of design but at the same time doesn't seem to cover anything important.

Knowing your level of ability/training will help us give you a better idea of what you should look at as your next step.

edit: ok, more searching seems to imply it's 'graded' as similar level (if you did the 2 year option) to the btec foundation degree I did before going off to uni which was basically a small step above a-level. Examples of work might be helpful as well then.
 
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Hello,

First off.. I do have dyslexia. I do try my hardest to monitor my spelling I do have a habit of making the odd daft mistake so apologises :)

Yeah I did my HNC at college you kinda looked at everything, logo, branding, typography, product design etc My graded unit was a brand/logo design which I ended up getting a B in. All my lectures said my sketchbooks were always amazing but I when it came to the final product I just would struggle that bit. I was in the middle of completing the HND (diploma/3rd) and I ended up having to leave.

It been at least 4 years since I have any adobe programs or used them, just don't know how to go about trying to get back into it again. I live in Scotland, near Glasgow. I think at the time when I was doing the course I did email companies about internships but like many of my classmates never heard anything back and with me not having any recent experience I doubt anyone would be interested in me.

I dunno if I should try completing my HND and progress to Uni or completely start a fresh course. Or I try just get ahold of the programs and teach myself again.
I dunno.
 

scotty

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I'm kind of torn about the whole education vs self taught thing.

I went to college and recognise that I learned a lot and the structure made me actually do the work.

Thing is... Looking back, a lot of what I do is actually self taught and I can't imagine having all the resources from the net back then.
There's just SO MUCH out there now both free and paid for like lynda.com.
Also with Uni there is the time and financial investment.

I guess only you can answer that one.
Do you have the self discipline to learn for yourself?

If you actually know what you'd like to specialise in such as illustration for example then self taught may be the way.
Lynda is great for learning the design app's and it's just a case of getting hold of them.

Maybe of you enrolled on a short course you could get the student discount on the app's or use a MUCH cheaper alternative like Affinity?

BTW. I also have dyslexia and so does Levi (Shh) ;)
 

Levi

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Hello,

First off.. I do have dyslexia. I do try my hardest to monitor my spelling I do have a habit of making the odd daft mistake so apologises :)
I've got it too, it just means you work around problems differently.

Yeah I did my HNC at college you kinda looked at everything, logo, branding, typography, product design etc My graded unit was a brand/logo design which I ended up getting a B in. All my lectures said my sketchbooks were always amazing but I when it came to the final product I just would struggle that bit. I was in the middle of completing the HND (diploma/3rd) and I ended up having to leave.
What did the course class as product design? My degree is in product design (aka industrial design) where it revolved around creating new products like for example furniture but for some strange reason these days it's also be used to cover things like UI design and creating software.....

I'd also say the best bet now would be to show us some work as that would allow us to give better feedback, so my suggestion would be to sling some work up online and start a new thread so we can give you some proper feedback and direction.
 
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