Design Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 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.

  • 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 Lynda.com 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Based on a 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

    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 envelope for its safe return.