Saturday, February 27, 2010
Some Guidelines and Tips
If you are seriously considering going to college for your graphic design education or web design degree you already know that there are no shortages of available colleges, universities, and online education centers that constantly vie for your attention. But how can you distinguish between the good schools and the bad ones? The following tips may help you to decide.
Visit the Campuses
You wouldn’t buy the first house you walked into and neither should you sign up for the first college you show interest in. The college you attend has to feel comfortable and right to you. A visit to the campus can give you a hint on how well the student body gets along, the quality of the instructors, and how efficient the administration is in helping students.
Ask students what they like and don’t like about the college. They’ll give you as honest an opinion as you’ll find anywhere.
What Do They Offer?
Does the college or online education center give you the career training and instruction you need to qualify for jobs after graduation? The crucial factor here is the quality of the teaching staff.
While many institutions of learning have programs and courses that may be specific to your needs, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the teachers are able to transfer this knowledge to you successfully.
Check for student reviews of the professors teaching these classes. Many universities and colleges offer real-world evaluations of professors and instructors by the students who take their courses.
If you see a trend of consistently bad reviews for teachers in the web design or computer programming departments you should look for another graphic design school or web design college.
Grill the Online Counselor
If you are considering an online college for your bachelor’s degree, be certain of what you are getting into. Ask the online college counselor direct questions about your field of study.
Are the courses accredited and if so by which accreditation body? Has the online school received any recommendations, positive reviews or awards for excellence? What does this online college offer that other similar colleges do not offer?
Pay attention to how well your online counselor speaks and presents the information to you. If the counselor speaks in street jargon or is evasive in giving you answers to your questions, you may want to move on to another online college — if the counseling staff isn’t professional, what does this say about the school?
Check the Internet
Look for independent, reliable sources for college reviews. Every college and online education center has good marketing and public relations materials, but the quality of the education cannot be deduced just by ads alone. Check for the latest reviews of the colleges you are considering and see what their ratings are.
Don’t Be Pressured
The number of online and technical schools is constantly growing and as a result there is high competition for education dollars. When speaking to a college representative or counselor try to make sound decisions based upon facts — the school’s track record, how long they have been in business, and how respected their programs are.
Don’t be pressured into signing up because “room is filling up fast.” If they are legitimate, there will be available spots at a later time.