Frequently Asked Questions
How are we operating during the COVID-19?
We operating as normal.
As an online training provider, we are continuing to run our online graphic design courses by our passionate graphic design tutors during the COVID-19 period to meet the demands of our students. Our classes strictly take place online using our online virtual classroom platform. We have asked tutors to reduce their contact office hours so that we can deliver the same meticulous online classes albeit from their respective home offices. Our London office remains mostly closed except strictly for administration purposes but on the back of government advice, we have closed to teaching staff except for those that absolutely need to attend. We agree and conform with the government’s advice and urge our students at Blue Sky Graphics to help lower the risk of the virus spreading and infecting vulnerable individuals in the wider society by following the advice regularly updated on the government website.
The government advice at the time of this article (09:00 GMT 24/03/20) is to:
- Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Graphic design is creative and requires human-led intelligence and ideas to respond to trends, tastes, and what has already been before and Blue Sky Graphics remains at the forefront of developing highly skilled graphic designers for the workforce. Being an online school places us in a unique position to continue to offer our students key essential skills for their future.
The future for graphic designers in the UK continues to look very optimistic with an increasing number of jobs on the market. The increase in automated technology and the digitalization of the modern world have made a market geared towards a competitive economy, with around 45% of jobs currently in the market.
set to become automated in the future.
Robots and automation systems can take over our responsibilities, but graphic design is protected to a large extent. Learning how to develop apps, Web Design, UX/UI or designing the latest advertisements require real human input with opinions on colours, the emotions evoked on adverts by a human, the typography on the packaging or even branding ideas is something that machines could never do. In this way with graphic design, you’ll be future proofing your career for many decades to come.
The uncertainty of the corona COVID-19 pandemic is another threat to traditional careers however our opinion is that this the field of graphic design is far more protected than other careers. We estimate that with the competitive rise in online businesses and the digitalization of the world more graphic designers will be needed more than ever before which is encouraging news for anyone contemplating a career in graphic design. Our opinion is that the evolution of graphic design seems to be largely connected to the user experience which is sure to remain at the forefront. Designs will become more personalised and more interactive over time. It has been predicted that the rate of freelancers in the graphic design field will increase dramatically within the next 2-3 years.
On behalf of Blue Sky Graphics and the entire team we wish all our website readers, subscribers and students good health in these unprecedented times.
Who are we?
Blue Sky Graphics, established in 2005 is a leading online graphic design school dedicated to teaching online graphic design courses. We welcome students with all capabilities from a range of backgrounds from those completely new to Graphic Design to those with experience, but who might be rusty in places. We welcome anyone that wants to boost their skill credentials or hone their own creativity by building a specialised portfolio. We are based online and teach remotely from our studio offices in the UK.
What are our values?
Our Values are simple and consist of 3 P’s for Patience, Passion, and Proficiency. We love what we do and are passionate about delivering high levels of graphic design training in a short period of time.
Where are we located?
We are based in the arty heart of the capital (Shoreditch) in London but all our lessons are conducted online over the internet. We are proud to have students come to us from all over the country and abroad in our online virtual classroom.
Who are our tutors?
Our specialist designers are not just experts in their fields but actually come from the creative industry, some of whom have taught at colleges and universities. Our tutors are caring, patient, passionate about Graphic Design and performance driven teachers that will offer you valuable and industry-relevant advice on your portfolio work, homework assessments and they are always on hand to answer any questions you have. Our recent survey* show 98% success rates for students and many give us great feedback.
What sets our courses apart from other online courses is that ours are actually taught by real people one-to-one (not a series of videos, not through group webinars, not through online forums or uninspiring quizzes) but, by your very own real Graphic Design tutor.
Our tutors are experienced industry leading graphic artists and tutors themselves that work here and in the creative industry.
Is there a demand today for Graphic Designers?
Think advertisements not just on television but adverts on the bus, train, tube, or even on a chocolate bar or a candle in a box- wherever you are there is bound to be the end product of a graphic designer that’s made a design.
Not only is there a huge demand in today’s creative market for Graphic Designers but the demand for freelance designers wanting to create their products, services, website or business has also resulted in more and more people taking to the field of graphic design.
It only takes a quick glance at the latest job board to see how much of a shortage there is for those that have IT skills as well as graphic design. Through graphic design itself in some ways facilities bringing new customers to a new business or a direct call to action which results in an ROI ( return on investment) for advertising. The Internet in the past decade has made changes to everyone’s mindset of messaging and only through graphic designers and graphic artists are the platforms to convey a familiar or social message available by using graphics software.
Business on Facebook, Blogs and countless other media to reach a target audience, the world of printing is not dead and will never die as long as we consume information. At Blue Sky Graphics we believe as there are avenues through which it is possible to convey business or social creative messages, this results in a demand for manpower that will provide these jobs. In short, Graphic Designers are required in sorts of jobs today. Most Graphic Designers need to design ads or icons for websites in all of these platforms and despite this supply and demand issue the industry still suffers from a shortage.
How much is the Graphic Design course?
The price of the course in full with VAT is £1499.00. There are affordable Flexi plans available here.
How do the lessons run? For those unfamiliar with how remote learning works you may more commonly know it as distance learning or simply taking online classes. With an online course schedule, you have much more freedom to take the virtual classes when you want and from the comfort of your own home. The way this program works is by allowing the tutor to in live demo, visually teach you by taking control of your mouse on your computer. The tutor will then show you exactly how to do things in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustator; that way you can actually see how it is done. When it comes to graphic design most people learn better by watching it being done first.
The virtual classroom style is one to one individual lessons to maximise the tutor student focus and for the student to gain the most out of the undivided teacher’s attention.
When are the classes timetabled?
We have several specialist Graphic Design tutors and therefore classes take place everyday of the week Monday to Friday as well as Saturdays and Sundays (subject to tutor availability) either in the early morning, afternoon, evening or late evening.
What the prospects are after finishing my course?
It is widely agreed that there is a lack of Graphic Designers in supply (not enough of us) to meet the demands of the industry (career opportunities) not just in the UK but many countries internationally. The demand is clear when you look at the latest job bulletin or careers site or even the hundreds of Facebook groups where one can easily find graphic design jobs. Certain specialist website (such as people per hour) allows designers to offer their services at a more flexible and temporary basis.
More and more so companies and their employers are favouring working with Graphic Designers who are more beginners rather than those with heavy experience not only because of the lack of quality designers available to meet demand, but because companies prefer that designers come without experience and integrate with the needs, philosophy, and understanding particular to that company.
Graphic design is one of the most prevalent career fields today and with the steady and rising growth of technology which doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon there an abundance of jobs available. There are numerous careers you could get into with an education and portfolio in graphic design. You could be a Logo Designer, Senior Art Director, Web Designer, Mobile App Designer, Digital Designer, Video Game Creator or Advertising Consultant, just to name a few. Online graphic design courses are great investments too because they are often dramatically cheaper than typical colleges and universities. Plus, everything is done remotely which is much more convenient than scheduled classes.
Beginning Graphic Designers generally, have more to offer and can come with new innovative concepts and ideas compared to experienced veterans in the field that have already established their ‘set ways’. Those with experience sometimes prove difficult to be more flexible with the particular needs of a company hence the reasons mentioned companies generally want those without experience.
Am I suited to graphic design and am I able to do the classes?
One of the common questions that people often ask is whether or not they are suited to learning graphic design through computer software. The answer to this is very simple. Perhaps you are looking for a career change? Or perhaps you want to learn a new skill or enhance an existing skill? Or you look at advertisements and you are so fixated and interested in the visual effects and the magic behind the design and wonder how it was made? If you are fascinated by images and graphics then the answer is probably yes you are suited to graphic design.
Like anything you need to apply yourself, learn theory, put it into practice and hey presto you will soon be on your way to being a top Graphic Designer. For those people who do not come from the profession or who are simply looking for a new hobby, one thing is certain, you will always find global interest in the world of graphic design.
Where do the lessons take place?
Our lessons are online. There are many reasons for studying online ranging from the sheer convenience of learning from the comfort of your home to the more practical reasons such as travel and time restraints.
We know exactly what our students need to accomplish and learn in order to be a designer, a clever one too. Therefore we do set homework and we do set our expectations high. Others may teach a one-week crash course, or give you a textbook. That is not our style.
What style do we teach?
Our courses have been prepared with the highest level of careful construction, strategy to ensure an easy-to-follow, well written and constructed with the visual style of the learner in mind. We take a cognitive approach to educate. This means that every time we teach you a concept of design we also teach you how to put that concept into practice. These practical skills layer one on top of the other in a sequential manner until you independently think and process design in a very natural way. An amazing feeling you will soon be familiar with!
Will I build my own art portfolio?
Yes. The portfolio is the key to employability much like a CV or resume. As part of your classes, you will work constantly on designing your portfolio. At the end of the course, you will be entitled to a graphic designer’s certificate. A portfolio of graphics and design is the most important thing.
In the framework of your classes, you will learn the graphic design laws of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Together with the private teachers, you will build a portfolio usually the only condition for getting jobs in this field. In today’s market, employers look for a portfolio over certificates and diplomas- a bit like a CV or resume which then opens doors in the world of graphic design. During your classes, we will deal with the digital portfolio that was made.
The portfolio will include graphic works from any software, from design works created in the Photoshop software, such as image manipulation, sales and marketing promotions like Facebook, the preparation of advertising banners to attract traffic to websites, marketing ads to the printing world and connect with other software in combination with Photoshop, Illustrator and the Indesign software.
What do employers want to see in a portfolio?
The portfolio must be professionally thought out and exhibit usually between 12 to 15 pieces of works in various fields, from logos and building a business image, design of sales ads, graphic works from the Internet and of course manipulations of pictures, in the portfolio check how much we think and manage to transfer. The best possible message is whether the colours we used to convey the message in the best possible way, whether we have been in the graphic design for the target audience we, and most of the graphic designers have a number of portfolios because today, this graphic design is not necessarily a design for the world Advertising and promotion Sales through Social Ads or not.
Is the course good value? With the cost of each online course priced at £1499.00 and there are affordable instalment options too our course are very competitively priced! There are many Do-It-Yourself videos, tutorials and options, some of which are free. Graphic design school is however the fastest, most effective and fun way to learn by having your very own tutor. The cost of a lot of traditional schools are typically more expensive than online courses, but in the end it all comes down to how good the instructors are. With our online courses you can gain skills that are a necessity for graphic design, and it can all be done remotely. That’s right, in the comfort of your own home and on your own time you can learn the skills needed to use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more!
Why should I learn over the Internet? With an online course schedule you have much more freedom to take the classes when you want and from the comfort of your own home. The way this program works is by allowing the teacher to teach you by taking control of your mouse and computer. They will then show you exactly how to perform tasks in Photoshop or Dreamweaver through your own computer screen. That way you can see how it is done. For quite a few people, visual learning is better, and it is almost like having the home-schooling teacher right there in the room with you. After your training, then you can move onto work in the graphic design field and become a true graphic artist.