noftus 20th February 2012 @ 10.28 PM
Zack, that's the thing isn't it. In choosing to get into the (graphic) design profession, one chooses to go into an unregulated industry.
In an unregulated industry, formal qualifications can mean so little.
So what if a graphic designer doesn't have formal design qualifications? It doesn't affect their practical credibility. Answering a brief effectively and solving core problems is more important in our industry than academic rote learning.
Private design colleges are a _response_ to the oversupply of design education. Each year 5+ public colleges in 3+ states take in, what, 30+ students each? Is there really that much industry demand for junior designers?
Public design colleges just take advantage of the fact that all 18 yr olds who have an opinion, think they are a designer. Private colleges driven by industry, realise this problem, and attempt to filter the abundance in the best way any capitalist society would.
So where does that leave design? Well we live in an age that has never been more democratic in finding real talent. Talent regardless of one's bank balance. All your need is a 1) website folio + 2) networking.
That's why it shits me to bits when juniors, and other smartass designers get online, and all high and mighty behind their keyboard, and criticise AGDA with "what's in it for me?!?" line.
What's in it for you? Does _networking_ have to be spelt out to you? More than any other, networking is your lifeblood in this industry, and to expect some sort of formal tick of approval from AGDA is beyond a joke.
And it shits me even more when know-it-all uni kids start criticising (read yelling "OMG FINANCIAL CONSPIRACY!!!") movements such as AGDA, which is trying to fix the very problem we're all in. Not only is it unconscionable, it's bordering on defamatory.