Graphic Design

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Graphic designers provide visual solutions to communication problems by using the most effective ways to get a message across through print or electronic media using various techniques such as color, typography, page layout, and illustrations.

Usually this course provides you a practical hands-on experience across a wealth of arts design subjects including but not limited to photography, art and art history, animation, illustration, computer animation, ceramics, fabrics, furniture, glass, interior design, web design, and more.

Pathway

Getting a postgraduate degree might be something that interest certain individuals and the main option is known as Master of Arts. There is a long list of options under Master of Arts and if you have the interest, you need to ensure that the area of study you wish to pursue is relevant to what you like and do.

Subject Focus

As a student of graphic design, you will be educated and trained in areas related to the following:

  • Drawing Fundamentals
  • Design Principles and Illustration Fundamentals
  • Typography and Colors
  • Graphic Elements and Advance Computer Graphics
  • Design Management
  • Basics of Animation and 3D Art Designs
  • Business and Marketing Fundamentals
  • Society, Psychology and Communication
  • Creative & Innovation Skills
  • Other Subjects

Entry Requirements:

Diploma: SPM, O Level, or Equivalent
Degree: STPM, Foundation, A Levels, Diploma in related fields, or equivalent

Personality Type

Always improving on things and designs, tolerant to continuous change, great presentation skills, attention to details, and other personality traits are shared among graphic designers.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

There are opportunities for careers in graphic design and interior design. Many of them require one to three years of experience in the field and the ability to work with specific software. Some job titles in Malaysia:

  • Art Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Other titles
Salary

Entry level: RM2,800 – RM3,200
3 – 6 years experience: RM4,500 – RM6,000
Experience and place of work play important role in determining the salary range. Some may earn around RM8,000/month with experience over 7 years.

Job Demand

In Malaysia:
Jobs are usually demanded in advertising agencies, design consultancy firms, print publishers, online media agencies, web design and development firms, interior design companies and many other companies.

Global demand:
The global market is no exception. However, seeking a job in the global employment market requires very unique and creative skills.

Becoming Professional

Professional certifications are important is such field. You may need a certificate in a particular software like Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw and other software. Others may need some certification in basic computer programming or animation/3D art work. There are so many resources out there for aspiring young designers to learn from and get inspired by.

Useful links

The Professional Association for Design
Malaysian Institute of Art
Behance
Adobe System
CorelDRAW Graphics

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