Illustration isn't what it used to be. Companies want illustrators, graphic designers, animators, and other artists to be computer-savvy as well as artistic. Adding education to talent can put you ahead of the herd, and a degree from an accredited art or design school can help you qualify for a better job.
Accredited art schools offer a variety of concentrations and opportunities to specialize. Students can choose to take their coursework in a traditional classroom or through distance learning programs. If you're strapped for time or can't go the traditional route of a brick and mortar university for your education, online colleges may be the way to go.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics career opportunities for artists are expected to increase 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, but the competition for those jobs will be keen. The illustration sub-specialty with the highest projected growth is multimedia and animation, so concentrating your courses in that area may result in better job prospects. If you prefer to work for a company, going to school can help you there as well many art and design schools offer job placement services.
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