The job market is tough for everyone—even for individuals with a degree. Creative fields like animation, film, and graphic design are even tougher because companies and studios are looking for talented individuals with multiple skills, and not just in one field of interest. For example, if you’re interested in working for an advertising agency, they will likely require animation skills and web design skills in addition to a large amount of graphic design experience. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that competition in this field is keen, so graphic designers with both web and animation skills will have the best opportunities.
Colleges across America are onboard, and now offer rigorous programs of study to meet the demands of the industry. Today’s graphic design programs prepare students to work in multiple fields from advertising and publishing to printing and computer systems design. While California and New York are chock full of design colleges, other smaller states have their fair share of fine graphic design schools. Maine is one of these states.
With nearly 7,000 salaried artists and designers, and nearly 600 salaried graphic designers, Maine is home to an impressive population of working creatives. Maine is also home to more than 30 colleges, and some made the “best schools” list. One standout also happens to be one of the best schools for aspiring graphic designers. In fact, it’s considered one of the best graphic design schools in the region.
Located in progressive Portland, Maine College of Art (MECA) is a top choice for aspiring graphic designers. While MECA made the official “best schools” based on the factors listed above, students list a number of other qualities that make MECA the best choice. Quality of produced artwork, quality of the instructor’s, community, campus experience, art shows, and more make MECA a favorite for aspiring artists and designers. Degrees offered include a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B. F. A.) in Graphic Design, a B.F.A. in Illustration, and a B.F.A. in New Media. Other degree programs include Art History, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Painting.
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