Why study design?
Designers bring life to our ideas by giving them visuals. Whether they are designing graphics or websites, they must apply creativity to communicate ideas in an appealing way. Computer software tools and design theory assist designers in their endeavours. Design training provides a strong foundation by teaching them these skills.
Explore our Visual and Applied Design Programs in British Columbia
In the Graphic Designer diploma program, students learn the software programs that every professional designer needs to know: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students learn techniques for creating digital images, illustrations, and layouts, and they develop a strong theoretical foundation in color, typography, and composition.
This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to build a web design foundation, learn industry-standard software programs, and produce a well-rounded and exciting portfolio.
What will I learn in a design course from AOLCC?
Design students will study topics essential to their work – colour theory, typography, and composition. These are vital for creating an appealing visual design.
Students will also learn how to use standard industry software to assist them in their designs. This includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and others depending on which design course you are taking.
Hands-on projects will allow students to practice their skills and work on their portfolios. This will give them practical experience which helps them adjust to the workplace.
What to expect from a career in visual and applied design
Designers can work in all kinds of companies in the industry from large corporations to small startups. They could also be self-employed. They will create designs for marketing/advertising firms, software development companies, book publishers, or media companies. Designers can also work on projects for manufacturers, cultural associations, publishers, and more. Name a company in the industry and it’s a safe bet they will need help from a designer!
Careers after completing a visual and applied design course in British Columbia
Designers can work in many capacities. Students who complete a design program at AOLCC can have different jobs depending on their choice of program, including:
- Graphic Designer
- Graphic Artist
- Layout Artist
- Layout Designer
- Web Designer
- Internet Site Designer
- Intranet Site Designer
Salary range for careers in visual and applied design
Salary can vary based on company, location, and experience. Designers in British Columbia can expect the following salaries –
- The average salary for a graphic designer is $50,7643. This salary usually ranges from $44,000 – $70,000.
- The average salary for a web designer is $50,000. This salary can range from about $36,000 to $69,000
Why choose a visual and applied design training course with AOLCC?
AOLCC is an excellent choice to study design. Our experienced and knowledgeable teachers will teach you all of the necessary applications and concepts to prepare you for a career in design.
AOLCC has campus locations all across Canada! We also offer over 30 diploma and certificate programs. There is sure to be a location and training option to suit your needs.
We use a special integrated learning system (ILS) to allow students to study at their own pace and schedule. This system uses different modalities of study to help make learning easier.
We want to help get you from training to job success. We teach job-hunting and resume building skills to help you search for a career in your field after graduation.
How can you get started?
Contact us to get more information on the programs and see if AOLCC’s design programs are right for you. Gain the skills and experience to help you get the job you want!
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