Frequently Asked Questions

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

    Familiarize yourself with Adobe Creative Suite and what each program does. Become familiar with basic design and communication 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 do you spend on your homework and projects each week?

    Average 5 hours/day. Consider these two years very much like going to work.

  • 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.

  • Does 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, much more than that becomes hard to manage.

  • Are work study jobs available?

    Yes, there are a variety of work study positions available for students who financially qualify. Be sure to fill out your FASFA forms and 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 $200 to $400 per quarter. You may also want to pay for extras like tutorials, a laptop, hosting, fonts, software, printer, etc.

  • 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. This requirement is 165 hours for 3 credits.

  • How well should I know Adobe Creative Suite?

    A basic understanding of what each program does is helpful. This is one of the things you can work on while waiting to start.

  • What are the school resources like?

    Macintosh workstations for each student w/ fiber optic Internet access. Commercial digital printing lab featuring HP and Xerox, color laser printing, Epson large format ink-jet printing, 3-D printers and an Epilog laser cutter. Checkout room with all of the latest camera equipment, Movi, DJI, Wacom tablets, audio equipment 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.

  • 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. Many buses stop within a few blocks also the Link light rail station borders our campus one block to the north. Parking Info

  • 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.

  • What if I have a disability?

    Students that have been admitted to the Commercial Photography Program may request reasonable academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To request accommodations, students should self-identify to the Student Disability Services Coordinator, Al Souma, by phone (206-335-9937) or by email: Accommodation is provided individually based upon request of the student, supporting documentation showing evidence of current impact, and policies for reasonable accommodations in the post-secondary environment.

  • 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 and educational experience for students entering our programs.