Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I do to better prepare myself for the program?

    Familiarize yourself with Adobe Creative Suite and what each program does. Become familiar with basic design principles. Look at portfolios. Use Pinterest. Start to get a sense of your tastes and styles. Start your own blog. Start reading design blogs. Find a good time management system/tool.

  • How many hours did you spend on your homework and projects each week?

    Average 5 hours/day. Consider school your home away from home.

  • What kind of computer will I need? Software? Does Financial Aid cover this cost?

    A laptop is highly recommended. Mac is the industry standard, but not absolutely necessary. Obtaining Adobe Creative Cloud software would be the place to start for software. Currently Financial Aid does not cover these costs. Student software discounts are available through Journey Ed. You must have a school ID to receive a discount. A school ID can be obtained on the first floor of the Broadway Edison building, near the cashiers office.

  • How much hand drawing did you do in school? Is that a necessary skill?

    Drawing is helpful, but what is most important is being able to visually convey ideas through a sketch. Creative concepting is more important than technical drawing skills.

  • Do you feel the Academy prepared you to get a job? How quickly did you get a job?

    Yes. It’s a very career oriented program. Based on a Graphic Design survey of 2015 grads, a little over 50% had a full time job in less than a month from graduation, 11% before school was even out.

  • Can I have a job during school? If so, how many hours can I plan to work?

    Yes, 10-20 hours a week is possible.

  • Are work study jobs available?

    Yes, there are a variety of work study positions available for students who financially qualify. Check in with financial aid to see if you might qualify.

  • What types of scholarships are available?

    Seattle Central Foundation Scholarships

  • What type of extra expenses should I plan on?

    Materials and supplies vary from quarter to quarter, estimate $100/quarter. You may want to pay for extras like tutorials, a laptop, fonts, software, printer, etc.

  • How important is web/mobile design in this program?

    Approximately 25% of the graphic design curriculum is focused on web/mobile design.

  • What are the hours I will be in class?

    First year: Mon - Thur. 9:00am – 2:00pm and Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm Second year: Mon - Fri 9:00am – 2:00pm

  • Is there an internship requirement?

    Yes. A paid internship is required. This is an opportunity to learn how the work place functions and for you to gain experience outside of school. It is suggested that the internship occurs during the summer.

  • If I live out of town what is the process for submitting a portfolio? Do I need to send a paid return envelop?

    Your portfolio should be mailed to: Seattle Central Creative Academy Attn: Graphic Design Portfolios 1701 Broadway, BE 5166 Seattle, WA 98122 You should also include a pre-paid self-addressed envelop for its safe return.

  • How well should I know Adobe Creative Suite?

    A basic understanding of what each program does is helpful.

  • What should I include in my Portfolio?

    Include eight to twelve pieces of work. You might include typography, posters, advertising design, drawings, photography, paintings, computer illustrations, etc. Original artwork is preferred but photographic prints are acceptable of three-dimensional work. Include a variety of only your best work. The Graphic Design program is highly competitive and highly successful.

  • What are the school resources like?

    Macintosh workstations for each student w/ fiber optic Internet access. Commercial digital printing, color laser printing, large format ink-jet printing, letterpress and screen-print production facility. Production labs for folding, binding, laminating, embossing and scanning. Checkout room with all of the latest camera equipment, Wacom tablets, and much more.

  • How much can I expect to make as a designer right out of school?

    Based on a Graphic Design survey of 2015 grads, over 50% started at over $65,000.00 annual salary, 90% at $45,000.00 or over.

  • Is the demand for designers growing in the Seattle area?

    In a 2014 survey of local employers, 70% responded that the demand for designers would increase in the Seattle area for the next five years.

  • Can you share tips about transportation? What is the parking like for students?

    Parking is very limited at Seattle Central, due to our urban location. There are two types of parking permits available to students: daytime (all–day) permit which is sold through a lottery and evening (afternoon) permit which is sold on a first–come, first–served basis. Parking Info

  • How much financial strain do you feel from work/school?

    It depends on your current financial trajectory. If you’re paying on your own, you should have savings to help you through…loans are available as well as financial aid. Working during school is difficult but possible. Limit outside work hours to 10-20.

  • Do you have any survival tips for prospective students?

    First year seems overwhelming. Don’t freak out. It’s all about learning and experimenting. The first year is a safe environment to try something new, experiment and possibly fail, then figure out how to make your work stronger. Have fun and talk to people. For your second year, if it is financially feesible, try not to work outside of school so that you can concentrate on generating portfolio pieces.

  • Do students come from different backgrounds? What are some of those backgrounds?

    Backgrounds vary dramatically. There is a wide range of ages and levels of previous work experience for students entering our program.