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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review the frequently asked questions prior to contacting the Graphics Program with questions.

General FAQs

Why should I choose to major in Graphic & Interactive Design? With the increase growth in technology there is a higher demand for graphic, interactive, and web designers. Those choosing to major in Graphic & Interactive Design desire career satisfaction and possess qualities including creativity, capable of solving problems, good communication skills, ability to meet deadlines and manage projects, and willingness to work hard. Those that have made the decision to major in Graphic & Interactive Design are often artistic and have experience with computers.
What type of job would I be able to work once graduating with a Graphic & Interactive Design degree? Graduates work in positions such as web designers, graphic designers, graphic artists, web production designers, layout designers, user interaction designer, user experience designer, interaction designer, publication designers, production artists, and digital media designers.
What type of salary should be expected once graduating? The estimated salary range for a Graphic & Interactive Design major is $25,000 to $40,000 per year. This is fantastic considering our program only costs approximately $9,100 (including books/supplies). 
What ways can I learn beyond the classroom? Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity they have to go beyond the classroom and join organizations such as Visual Voices of Valencia, The Creatologists, the Orlando Chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Ad2 (an advertising group for young professionals) and OAF (Orlando Advertising Federation). Throughout the year all organizations hold seminars, workshops, and guest speakers which would benefit students majoring in Graphic, interactive, or web design. In addition, by joining these organizations students have the opportunity to network with other individual's in the graphic design industry.
I registered for a 3 credit hour course; why is the class nearly 4 hours long? There is usually one hour of lab time factored into most class times. During this time instructors are available to answer questions and provide assistance to students. Students may also be given this additional time to work on course projects.
I want to make sure I go to the lab when the lab is open, is there any way I can find out when the lab is open? We keep our East, West and Osceola lab hours posted on our website/blog here: http://valenciagraphicdesign.com/campuslabs/


Prerequisite FAQs

Why can't I take a class such as Electronic Imaging or Adobe Illustrator before taking Graphic Design Essentials? Graphic Design Essentials is required prior to taking most other Graphics courses so it is highly recommended that students enroll in this course early in the program. This course will overview software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. An emphasis will also be placed on the use of typography, design, layout, color, pre-press production. Prior to completion of Graphic Design Essentials students will undergo a timed, hands-on competency exam. Graphic Design Essentials provides a fundamental understanding of programs such as photoshop and illustrator and therefore it is a prerequisite for classes such as Electronic Imaging and Adobe Illustrator.
What if I wish to take a class but I haven't taken the prerequisite course required to for the course? It is highly recommended that students enroll in prerequisite courses prior to ensure they are adequately educated and prepared for each course. In some special circumstances, such as a student transfering from another school, students are able to take a course without the prerequisite course. Students desiring to take a course without taking a prerequisite course must demonstrate sufficient experience to take the course which requires a prerequisite. Students who feel they are capable of taking a course without prior completion of a prerequisite course may request an override which will be approved or disapproved by the program director based on the students competency for the required course demonstrated in their portfolio, by way of taking a competency exam and/or by way of transfer credits from another college-level institution. 


Override FAQs

What is an override? An override may grant a student permission to take a course if they have not taken the required prerequisite course or if the course is filled at the time of registration. The program director is responsible for approving and disapproving overrides.
How is it decided who receives an override? Students closest to completing their degree are given higher priority when override decisions are made. Students requesting overrides due to lack of completion of prerequisite courses should demonstrate competency to take the course requiring an override via a portfolio review and proof of college-level instruction from another institution.
When are override decisions made? Overrides decisions are made after the payment deadline purge date prior to the beginning of each semester.
The class I wish to take is full on West Campus but not on East Campus. Can I request an override to take the course on West Campus? No overrides requests will be accepted for courses if the same course is not full on another campus.


Portfolio FAQs

When is the best time to take portfolio? Portfolio Review is to be scheduled during your graduating semester and you should not take any other classes that semester except for Internship. 
What should I expect during portfolio review class? Although the course is only one credit hour, this is undoubtedly one of the most demanding and time consuming courses Graphic & Interactive Design students face during their degree. During this course students prepare their past projects for their portfolio and often rework past projects. In addition students will design an identity/logo for themselves as well as a business card, letterhead, and self-promotional piece. Students will also refine their resume. All of this hard work is reflected during their portfolio review with professionals in the industry. Students should expect to also take a timed competency exam during the course, where they must score a minimum of a 70%
What is the competency exam and why do I have to take it to complete the portfolio review course? The competency exam is a timed examination where student will be evaluated for their ability to design and use necessary software to produce a printed publication or a website with files they are supplied with. The competency exam measures students capabilities and reflects the knowledge and experience they have gained in the program. After completing the competency exam students should feel confident that they are capable of working in an entry-level position as a Graphic, Interactive, or Web Designer.


Internship FAQs
When is the best time to take the internship course? The best time to take the internship course is during your last semester while you are taking Portfolio Review. 
What do I need to do to register for the internship course? To get the best idea of how to register for internship and what to expect from the interning experience, students are required to view this orientation prior to being registered:  http://valenciagraphicdesign.com/2013/06/plan-to-internship-nextsemester/  



 
 

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