Graphic design is the art of capably applying an individual style through the use of layout, typography and visual aesthetics in order to exhibit design with a commercial rationale. I strongly believe that I developed design ability and ingenuity naturally throughout my life since my capabilities in graphic design have been increasing rapidly. An opportunity in the university would be important in improving my competencies as well as preparing me into a future career in graphic design. Once granted with a chance to study in the university I would work hard to ensure that I grasp everything including the finest details in graphic design. My intellectual strength has been endowed in creating advertisements. I have been doing this for fun over many years since I was a child. For this reason, I am confident to assert that I can do better in designing graphics for advertisement since I have shown immense love and passion of that over a long period of time.
Another personal strength that I possess is having proper leadership traits which were identified by my graphic design teacher. As a result, these would be helpful in facilitating the development of a bright career in graphic design through careful application of my leadership qualities. I have also been taught to uphold team work and I love working together with others so as to share ideas which would be helpful in molding strong careers. However, I have a weakness in writing papers but in my class I have always loved to create the cover page of assignments so as to put my design skills into practice. Another weakness I have is the fact that am suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which means that I show poor attention in class and this has led to a poor performance in a majority of my subjects. Conversely, despite having ADHD I still have the ability to focus completely during my designing sessions and thus this would not deter my need to study further in graphic design.
My ability to advocate for team work would be efficient in ensuring that I gain maximally from my colleagues in case I show signs of a reduced attention at any point of my study. I also have high interests in studying psychology since I love socializing with people. My interest in psychology has been effective in developing my comprehension of human beings behaviors as well as knowing how their mentality works. I have a strong conviction that I can use this skill in graphic design to relate with my target audience and also help me to build strong networks to form a distinct career path. Graphic design is meant to create a commercial purpose which would require associating with the society. Hence, there is need to have proper communication skills so as to be a good designer who can communicate a given message to the people. Although, I have not been exposed to an expansive platform, my communication skills are well above par because I have always loved to share ideas as well as socializing with my colleagues at school.
Thus, this would be very beneficial for me in facilitating a good association with colleagues in this career as well as with the society. This will form the basis of my commercial role in graphic design. I have also had numerous chances of presenting my work in class which has really helped in improving my communication skills. In high school, I have been able to undergo a graphic design program for four semesters and this occupied a great deal of my time in school. In this period I was able to learn the basics of graphic design which includes typography and illustration. The program was very insightful as it helped me to learn more about my future career and hence I find the need to further my study in graphic design. I also acquired Photoshop and consequently learnt how to use it on my own. This knowledge has been important in helping me to sharpen my abilities in other areas such as advertising which am so good at and also in the general improvement of my graphic design skills.
After learning Photoshop I have been mentoring other students in our class on the principles of Photoshop. This is due to the fact that I love sharing out my ideas with friends and colleagues. I also anticipate passing on this desirable quality that I possess in the future course of my career in graphic design. I also registered for the Adobe certification exam and I passed the exam. Hence, I am certified in Adobe Photoshop and this gave me the motivation to teach and mentor other students so that they would learn the same. At this juncture, I would be tempted to seat back and search for an advertisement job. However, I feel that would be an untimely assessment of my talent which I still feel is at infancy stage even after all that work. Currently, majority of my trainings have been self learnt and I have developed good creative design proficiency solely, hence I am deficient in formal learning of the theory.
This forms the basis of my application for a M.A degree in Texas State University in their department of graphic design. At the university I look forward at formalizing my training in graphics design and gaining greater knowledge in my career so as to create a personal artistic uniqueness that I can relate to my individual designs. The program offered by the university presents a precise balance of practical training and enough ingenious practice. These would be essential in my artistic development as well as applying technology in graphics design. However, I intend to use my current and future academic and extra- curricular activities to help me in achieving my goal of having a successful career in graphics design.
The reputation of Texas State University as a good arts college coalesced together with the professional works presented by graduates of the university persuaded me to prioritize this university above all others. I desire to improve my inventiveness and skills in my entire stay at the university as well as play a role in upholding the prestigious position that the institution holds in the country and also build up strong associations with fellow students and the faculty. In conclusion, my primary objective is to graduate as a highly competent graphic designer and a self-motivated artist who would develop a distinctive culture of beautiful and sensible designs in the career. This would mark one big step of realizing my dream goal of excelling in my career.