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How to become a graphic designer without a Degree

How to become a graphic designer without a Degree

It’s no secret that a degree is a gold standard when it comes to getting a job in most fields, but for graphic design, this simply isn’t true. In fact, there are many jobs at top companies for which you don’t need a bachelor’s degree or any formal schooling at all. If you want to become an award-winning graphic designer without ever going back to school, these tips can help.

Know about graphics design properly

The way an image is designed can have a huge impact on how it influences the viewer. Graphics design can be incredibly powerful in influencing one’s opinion of what they see, even if that person doesn’t realize this has happened. An individual might not think about graphics design when looking at images and videos because we often take them for granted; nevertheless, graphic designers are very important to society as their work impacts our day-to-day lives by shaping opinions and perceptions without us realizing it necessarily.

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and  Adobe Illustrator

I have been using these tools for years, and my skills are unmatched. My ability to manipulate the images is unparalleled, and I can also design some pretty cool stuff from scratch on Adobe Illustrator too! I’ve used Adobe Photoshop since it was released as a public beta in the 1990s by co-founder Thomas Knoll. One of my first designs in that program featured an alligator drinking root beer with its mouth while wearing shades–a nod to Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” lyrics about Elvis Presley being dead but he still sends his regards down South so let me be your guide through this jungle world we call Laredo (which coincidentally would make an excellent name for our new puppy).

Learn about design principles and color theory 

Design principles and color theory are important in art. Have you ever wondered why the Mona Lisa is so famous? You don’t have to be a talented artist like Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo Buonarroti, but knowing a few design principles for your designs will make them seem more professional! Some of these include balance harmony, contrast, proximity-proximity creates tension what does not create tension?, and repetition-repetition can also cause boredom if used too much. That’s all great for paintings that look realistic because we can see with our own eyes how they were drawn without asking someone else about their opinion on whether something looks good or bad;

Take some time to explore your creative side

Let your creativity flow and you might end up with an inventive idea. Hobbies are a great way to explore one’s creative career. You can try out new things, experiment on projects without any worries about how they’ll turn out in the real world, or just have fun for its own sake!  Do you need some inspiration? Look around at all the items that surround us every day-a shoebox is no good sitting empty on top of the wardrobe when it could be transformed into something else entirely: maybe a home for teddy bears or tiny cars; use what’s available to make crafts like origami flowers from old magazines; go outside and find leaves, pinecones, rocks-anything goes!

Keep Practicing more and more

What can you do to improve your skills in the field? Practice!

A key factor in excelling at any sport is practice. We all know that if we want to be good, then it takes lots of work and training – just like how Olympic athletes train for years before they are able to compete internationally. However, where does one start with practicing their game? It’s best not even try a new technique or skill without first understanding its individual components; otherwise, there will surely be some frustrating failures along the way as well as an unrealistic expectation level about what success should look like

Keep Connections

If you want to get a sense of what designers are doing in the industry, reach out for their advice. It’s important to know that it is natural and healthy not all to be satisfied with the same type of design style as your own because there can always be room for new perspectives on an old idea or concept!

It doesn’t matter who inspires you – just make sure they have experience in designing something similar so they will understand where you’re coming from. This way, if any questions come up about which tools might best fit into your workflow when tackling a particular project (i.e., Illustrator vs InDesign), this person will likely have some insight based on experiences working through these types of projects too.

Get experience designing for free through online contests

Designing is an art that can get very expensive, but with online contests, it’s possible to design for free. With websites like Dribbble and Behance, designers post their work in the hopes of being discovered by a company or client willing to pay them money. It seems somewhat counterintuitive because so many talented people are desperate for jobs while companies want someone able-bodied who will do what they’re told without too much fuss when necessary – even if there was no upfront cost required on behalf of the employer.

Attend free workshops and tutorials in your area or online

We all know that students are always looking for ways to better themselves, but oftentimes the cost of a college education can be prohibitive. Fortunately, there is help out there in the form of free workshops and tutorials! You don’t have to download anything or worry about who might see what you’re working on; these sessions are totally anonymous so go ahead and explore them at your leisure without worrying that someone will judge you.

Apply for internships at local businesses or companies

A great way to get a foot in the door with an employer is to apply for internships. You can also contact your local chamber of commerce or business association and ask about internship opportunities, but it’s always best if you take matters into your own hands by applying directly through their website (or LinkedIn page).

Can I do graphic design without a degree?

The short answer is ‘yes, yes you can.’ The long answer is that we recognize both formal and informal skills as part of the creative process, and if you have a portfolio to speak for your work ethic and talents then a degree may not be necessary. A degree certainly helps in connecting with talented employers but it’s by no means necessary for success. 

How can I become a graphic designer at home?

The most important thing you need to do if you won’t become a graphic designer is to learn the basics, which include knowing how to use graphics programs and other basic skills such as Photoshop and InDesign. These skills can be learned on YouTube,, or by taking classes at a local community college, bookstores that teach adult education courses, or online at sites like Udemy where topics are uploaded daily. Another option is to find someone from your town who already does this for a living and offer your services as an intern who would do things like assembling flyers or labeling products in exchange for learning about design work firsthand.

Do you need qualifications to be a graphic designer?

Absolutely not. Experience with design tools, though, is important. I am a grad student in graphic design and I can tell you that it is not impossible to find jobs without any college education or experience but it can be difficult. The exceptions are managers and creative directors in the industry who may come from other disciplines like business management or marketing management but have always enjoyed the creativity of visual arts. It should be noted that many of these people have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than art or graphic design as well so if you want to get into this field, it’s a good idea to pursue a degree outside of advertising for your undergraduate work.

How do I get a graphic design job with no experience?

It’s not easy to break into the graphic design industry and land a job with no experience, but it is possible. You’ll need to get some work experience in another field for a few years before landing any traditional design jobs. The first thing you want to do is identify what parts of the industry interest you. Maybe you love designing logos, but aren’t really interested in web design or print layout – instead, you’d rather be working on branding projects or coming up with new logo concepts while someone else takes care of the more “technical” parts of running a business. Figure out where your interests lie and focus on those areas before doing any other research.


And that’s how you can become a graphic designer without going to design school and gain a successful career. There are so many ways for people to get into this field, and it is possible with or without a degree in the industry. Whether you want to work freelance or within an established company, your options are limitless as long as you find what works best for you! If after reading this post, you have questions about any of these topics, please comment below and I will be happy to answer them!

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