In the 21st century, artistic talent is just as exquisitely rendered by pixilation as it is on paper or canvas. Graphics and multimedia professionals are a different kind of artist: They must master key software applications, fundamental design principles, web content management, and animation in order to create a world of dazzling images — some moving, some perfectly still.
According to... the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13 percent through 2018.* As advertising and design firms ramp up demand for graphic and multimedia design talent, interactive media is taking center stage in the design world. Though different tools and technologies (such as coding languages, desktop publishing, computer animation software) are used in the trade, what unites all graphics and multimedia professionals is the emphasis on helping clients to convey a message to a target audience. Because the graphics and multimedia business is a busy one filled with deadlines and competition, one of the most convenient ways you could gain an edge may be to consider an online training and certification program. Students could learn to apply industry-standard techniques to create the kind of Web-enabled graphics that eventually became web pages, advertisements, educational material and multimedia projects.
Knowing how to use industry-standard tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Flash, doesn't just give you credibility among employers — it could open up the field of creative possibilities on the job. Online graphics and multimedia certification and training programs are designed such that students may learn the exciting start-to-end process of visual communications by learning the best practices and tools: Software applications, fundamental design principles, web content management, and graphics animation.
Got a yen for digital design and animation? Online students may be able to learn the basics of 3D modeling, animating characters, and visual effect techniques that have enthralled many movie audiences. Whether your goal is to work on the web, in advertising or in the digital entertainment field, there are a wide variety of programs to choose from.
* 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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