Thursday, 13 March 2014

See How an Online Degree in Graphic Design can Exploit your Hidden Creativity

If you want to turn your artistic creativity into your lifelong career, your job satisfaction is fully guaranteed. Now, in this age, where everything is run by communication technology, one of the best fields where your artistic creativity would be best demonstrated is in the profession as a designer. But, as a designer working with information technology, you must excel in graphics. Your sense of creativity enriched with by your graphics qualification can create designs to inspire and influence the world. And at the same time, a good qualification in graphic design can prepare you for an attractive career in designing sphere.

Now, so far acquiring required qualification is concerned, always go for an online degree in graphic design from an internationally recognised institute. The benefit of your doing so will be multi-faceted.

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• First of all, you will be taught by the award-winning creative faculty who are best in the world. In the sphere of graphic designing, newer developments come into being every day. Until and unless you acquire the most updated knowledge and techniques in this field you cannot expect to reproduce your creative imagination in concrete shapes and sizes. Faculty members in any international school ensure that they are the best people in their respective areas.

• Doing your graphic designing course online from an international institute you can experience a world class learning programme with remarkably low expense. You can save up to 60% of tuition fees of what you would have to pay for any international on campus institute.

• You will learn to use the most advanced software and hardware which include Adobe Creative Suite.

• The virtual learning platform that you and your fellow students can enjoy accessing 24/7, will provide you maximum convenience and flexibility to learn whenever and from wherever you want.

Work Experience is Everything

In today’s world, you cannot expect lucrative job openings immediately after you complete your graphic design course. You need sufficient work experience to impress big employers. Your decision to go for an online degree in graphic design will prove equally beneficial for you, in this regard. The huge time you get by studying as per the flexible routine, you can translate the time into sufficient work experience by joining any relevant full-time job or apprenticeships. The experience you get endowed with through practical work gives you enormous advantage over your offline peers, and that will be your huge advantage in the job competition.

Career Options

Being a skilled graphic designer, you will see many job roles open to yourself. You can be hired by design consultancies, studios, media houses. In advertising sector, you can get the role of creative designer and work to promote various ideas and images in favour of your agency and its clients.

In a publishing house you can be hired as a designer for designing books, magazines, journal, newspaper etc. In a website designing organisation your role will be to create web pages impressively.

Studying your graphic designing online, you can turn multiple advantages to your favour. This creative stream of study will be much more interesting when learnt from the global masters congregated in reputed international schools.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Private Colleges: Decline in Enrolments sees a Dip

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"I think it's fair to say 30 percent of these private schools won't exist in a decade." - Jonathan Henry, vice president of enrolment, Husson University, Bangor, Maine (Source: goo.gl/j1clVw)

This quote is proving to be truer than the truth. If you follow the trends of private college enrolments, you will see how badly it has been suffering. As an educator, I find it important to follow any kind of news related to the education system and an article on the declining rate of enrolment in private colleges is what caught my eye. With the steady decline in enrolment from 2010-13, around 45 colleges have joined hands with other institutions in order to survive and sustain their position.

How are the colleges responding?

I further read that at Husson University, enrolments in 2013 were 10% lower than they were in 2009. This figure was rather alarming and I couldn’t believe the situation private schools were in. It was also mentioned that the schools that were struggling or hanging by a thread were either surviving with mergers, pay cuts, new recruitment plans or were finding answers with layoffs and closure.

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Other ways in which colleges responding

Also, many colleges responded differently. For example, ‘single-sex’ colleges were becoming co-ed, to attract more students; other colleges went to high schools, outside the country, trying to attract rich students who were willing to cross borders. Also, some universities are offering part scholarships to students who schedule a campus tour, hence attracting more students.

The affects of the decline

The reason for the decline of enrolment seems to be affecting all of us. There is a great decline in people graduating from school and that decline seems like it will continue in future. Another major reason for the decline is the advancement of technology and online learning substitutes which is upsetting profit margins as well as costs, student debt seems to be on the rise as the job market seems to be falling for graduates and incomes are starting to stagnate.

The impact of technology on physical schools

As I read on, I also saw how technology has invaded the education system, leaving little room for physical colleges to grow. In future, the physical colleges will lessen due to the mergers and bankruptcies, but students will get various choices to complete their education. In future, students will get the opportunity to take a combination of various courses through different modes of study, traditional, blended, and online or even through MOOCs. In fact, according to a study conducted by American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 14% (around 3 million) students are completing their graduation online, whereas 30% of the students take at least one class online. The online headcount has increased by 53% at the College of DuPage, since 2009. While this is brilliant news for students who find it easier to study online, it is bad news for physical private colleges.

The future... As employers these days are accepting online degrees and certificates and as online college courses are flexible, more affordable and more convenient, people have started picking online college courses instead of traditional college courses. Though this may be grim for traditional colleges, it is a beacon of hope for those who cannot afford to go to traditional college. After thinking for a while, I came to the conclusion that as technology is taking over the world probably this is a good thing but embracing technology completely will leave no room for the institutions that have existed for such a long time and have contributed in a large way. What is fair is rather inconclusive. So all we can do, is wait and watch, and adjust with time.