Design school is much more then I could have ever imagined. Throughout the duration of my senior year of high school, I was beyond anxious to start taking classes devoted to my prospected field of work. Now, being a month in I feel sure that I am in the right career path. For it only being a month since classes have began, I have already picked up so much. The fundamentals to a creatively based career are so important because you build on them from here, so here is what I have picked up!
1. Presentation Matters
When it comes to school assignments in design school, it may seem a little less motivating to put your all into your presentation. You probably would think “What’s the point of having a nice presentation when it’s just for school?” That actually may not always be the case. You could very likely use the pieces you create in school for portfolios whether it is for work or other schools. Always be conscious on the craft of your presentation.
2. Critiques Really Do Help
I think as art students, it may be a little daunting to experience your first college level critique. It is a scary thing to put your work up in front of your classmates as they judge it and then comment on it. It’s okay, because it is only to better your work. I actually think being able to see other works from my classmates and have an open discussion about the pieces make yourself become more openminded to the possibilities of your work as well as what you need to improve on.
3. Analyzing Art Is A Real Thing
This may seem a little offensive but before attending a design program, I was not a firm believer in the meaning behind art. I didn’t believe you could actually think the way a brush stroke on a painting is constructed could have actually had a specific purpose but it does! Analyzing art is not even so much about matching what the artist was trying to convey in their piece rather then opening up your mind to read something visually in depth so your work serves purpose.
4. Deadlines Are Beyond Important
Cramming for college assignments is never the most logical or efficient use of your time in school, yet we all have done it. Here is the honest truth; it may be somewhat doable for traditional classes, but not for art assignments. If you try to crack out a design assignment the night before it is due, you will not at all reach the potential you could have in a well thought out piece. Work on your pieces a little bit of time each night before it is due before you are scrambling to finish a still life the weekend before the due dates. Professors usually give the deadlines to large assignments with much time in advance so you should be able to schedule your work time out without feeling overwhelmed.
5. Do Every Assignment Like You’re Paid To Do It
This practice will train you for the real world industry of design. It is very easy to get caught up thinking the practicality of your school work just being an exercise for the real world, but the more effort you put into your work now, the less it will feel like work by the time you are done with school. Pretend you are working for a big hustle-and-bustle studio and that every assignment holds the same threshold as your dream clients. It makes the work a lot more fun if you take it seriously!
I feel like I am understanding the industry I am approaching more and more every class that I attend. It is a very exciting time in my life to be learning about things that I am passionate about. Being in a field that you are passionate about makes the work feel much more like fun instead of something that will pay the bills. I cannot wait to share with you what I learn in the next coming months, I feel an internal overload of information and the overdose feels incredibly great. Have a good one folks!