In a technology-driven communications age, graphics and multimedia present information in meaningful and visually appealing ways. Behind the final product's slick, glossy interface, however, is usually an extraordinary level of technical knowledge delivered by graphic and multimedia designers. These professionals use computer applications to create and correct images and text... in a final composition, to help clients deliver a carefully chosen message to its target audience.
Are you looking for an opportunity to use your problem-solving techniques in a creative career? Consider investing in a distance learning degree that lets you study graphics and multimedia via a flexible "anytime, anywhere" online format. With a bachelor degree in multimedia design and development, you could learn how to design, illustrate, manage, and produce visual communications by mastering key software applications, fundamental design principles, web content management, and graphics animation. Depending on the 2- or 4-year degree program you choose, you may also expect to study web design, desktop publishing, and computer animation.
Professionals in this field must have their fingers on the pulse of the market, keeping up with technology trends and understanding how to capture the modern consumer's attention. That is why graphics and multimedia coursework is designed such that students can gain the up-to-date, industry-defined abilities needed to accomplish on-the-job deliverables such as creating Internet content, web pages, marketing collateral, advertising, instructional material, and multimedia projects. Students will also likely become educated in using sophisticated software programs for print, electronic and film media, while building a professional portfolio using an array of digital media.
Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13 percent* through 2018, with advertisers and computer design firms ramping up design budgets for projects that are increasingly based on interactive media. Because successful professionals in this field work in close collaboration with clients and have a keen understanding of individual psychology and the market as a whole, you may also want to take supplementary coursework in marketing, communications, and psychology.
* The preceding information was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) online resource, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition," available at: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos090.htm
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