Interested in a career in design – where do you start?
One of the great things about being a designer is that every day is different. Working as a designer involves creativity, project management, teamwork, problem solving, meeting deadlines and the ability to work with a diversity of clients.
There are many disciplines within the design industry including ; graphic, product, textile , industrial and interior design. This enables a variety of career pathways and also a host of related job roles in areas such as project management, account handling, public relations, teaching and research.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in design there are a number of good resources online which are worth checking out to give you a flavour of what is involved.
Creative Choices° has excellent short films with designers talking about different aspects of their work and offering career advice on a career. It also has examples of job profiles within the design industry.
Education is important. Two thirds of people working in the sector hold at least a level 4 qualification, whilst half have qualifications higher than level 4 (higher national diplomas, foundation degrees, degrees and above).
Both the University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast offer undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in design. All 6 of the Further Education Colleges in Northern Ireland also offer courses in Design across a range of disciplines (product, interior, furniture, 3D and graphic) and at different levels.
If you are interested in pursuing a qualification in design, the Northern Ireland Careers Service hosts a course search tool which anyone can access to explore the courses available in Northern Ireland. Creative Choices° also has a course search for across the rest of the UK.
Getting a job
There are more students leaving design education than there are jobs to receive them. This means, that in addition to gaining a qualification; a designer’s industry experience, skills, and creative ability are critical in securing a job or client work. Where possible, a student should try and gain experience working with a design consultancy before they graduate. This will not only provide experience of client work, but a better understanding of the typical business skills required in managing projects and running a successful design studio.
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