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How can I go from being an engineer to a graphic designer?

I already earned a BS in Engineering almost 4 years ago and now realize I would love to work in the graphic design or web design field. I know its mostly about talent and a good portfolio, but I know education is important too. Is it enough to get an Associate's degree from a community college or should I get one from the art institute online or something? I live in St. Louis so I don't know of too many art schoools around me with two year degrees. I prefer to not get a four year degree since I've already been through all that and I have to do this at night so I can work full time. I'll take any suggestions to help me get to where I want to go. Thanks!

Asked By: Beth314 - 1/11/2007
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You are correct -- it is mostly about talent and a good portfolio, but education is important because it develops that talent and that good portfolio. Since you've already been through college, all you need to develop is design expertise, so a good program at a community college or wherever should do the trick. You... More
Answered By: kingsnake1650@sbcglobal.net - 1/11/2007
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Very easy... just enroll into a technical school (3 years) and you'll get really good jobs. Or take a distance course on line; these are very helpfull and practical if you are commited to study.
Answered By: Andreita - 1/11/2007
 
You can probably get away without doing a course: just buy an Applemac and set yourself a number of projects, say: a cd cover, a leaflet, a menu, a book; an annual report; a business card and a car manual (given your engineering backgroung thise sort of technical stuff might be a good area for you to specialise... More
Answered By: t d - 1/11/2007
 
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