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.
Average 5 hours/day. Consider school your home away from home.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, 10-20 hours a week is possible.
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.
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.
Approximately 25% of the graphic design curriculum is focused on web/mobile design.
First year: Mon - Thur. 9:00am – 2:00pm and Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm Second year: Mon - Fri 9:00am – 2:00pm
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. Students are required to do a 3-credit internship, which works out to 165 hours of work. The Cooperative Education office supports students in their efforts. Cooperative Education It is suggested that the internship occurs during the summer.
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.
A basic understanding of what each program does is helpful.
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.
- 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.
Based on a survey of 2015 grads, over 50% started at over $65,000.00 annual salary, 90% at $45,000.00 or over.
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.
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.
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.
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
Backgrounds vary dramatically. There is a wide range of ages and levels of previous work experience for students entering our program.