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    Hi I have been looking into doing a graphic design course by which I mean computer based graphic design and am unsure where to go as I need to do distance learning due to having had surgery on both feet but also I do have a full-time job when I recover.

    I have only ever gained GCSE's many years ago (I'm now 35) none of which were Art based . I had looked into the Pitman Training Graphic Design Diploma as there was a centre near me in case I felt the need to see someone face to face but this just closed and although I can still do the course with them I was wondering if there was anywhere else anyone could recommend. I have used photoshop and paintshop pro previously only self taught mind you and I am at a loss. I noticed the distance learning centre do adobe specialist courses and they have a print specialist bundle but I currently feel like I'm going in circles and at this rate will never find a course. Please help if you can.
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    (Original post by gillsypop)
    Hi I have been looking into doing a graphic design course by which I mean computer based graphic design and am unsure where to go as I need to do distance learning due to having had surgery on both feet but also I do have a full-time job when I recover.

    I have only ever gained GCSE's many years ago (I'm now 35) none of which were Art based . I had looked into the Pitman Training Graphic Design Diploma as there was a centre near me in case I felt the need to see someone face to face but this just closed and although I can still do the course with them I was wondering if there was anywhere else anyone could recommend. I have used photoshop and paintshop pro previously only self taught mind you and I am at a loss. I noticed the distance learning centre do adobe specialist courses and they have a print specialist bundle but I currently feel like I'm going in circles and at this rate will never find a course. Please help if you can.
    YouTube is brilliant for tutorials on Photoshop etc.
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    (Original post by JordLndr)
    YouTube is brilliant for tutorials on Photoshop etc.
    I know but I would actually like to gain some qualifications to get into graphic design as a career as I hate my current job which is as a secretary within mental health its too stressful and draining and my creative side needs let out thanks for your reply though.
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    (Original post by gillsypop)
    I know but I would actually like to gain some qualifications to get into graphic design as a career as I hate my current job which is as a secretary within mental health its too stressful and draining and my creative side needs let out thanks for your reply though.
    Yeah, I know where you're coming from. I'm 17 and at 6th form at the moment, I take Art and Product Design as 2 of my subjects. I was also looking at getting into Graphic Design and gradually picked up skills in editing softwares which can then lead me into my future job.

    Have you tried searching anything like "Graphic Design course" or "Graphic Design qualifications teaching near me" etc
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    LJ is our lead designer at The Student Room - maybe she can point you in the right direction. Good luck with the career change
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    (Original post by JordLndr)
    Yeah, I know where you're coming from. I'm 17 and at 6th form at the moment, I take Art and Product Design as 2 of my subjects. I was also looking at getting into Graphic Design and gradually picked up skills in editing softwares which can then lead me into my future job.

    Have you tried searching anything like "Graphic Design course" or "Graphic Design qualifications teaching near me" etc
    Yes I have searched non-stop I seem to be able to find lots of graphics design courses but more based on actual pen and paper work and as I'm in Northern Ireland we don't seem to have a lot of choice in regards to colleges and universities doing distance learning. the Distance Learning Centre do Adobe Certified Courses but they don't seem to want to reply to the email I sent them which would worry me about giving them money to sign up with them if they can't even respond to my enquiry email. Thank you though and good luck with your future career
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    LJ is our lead designer at The Student Room - maybe she can point you in the right direction. Good luck with the career change
    Thank you and fingers crossed she can help
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    (Original post by gillsypop)
    Hi I have been looking into doing a graphic design course by which I mean computer based graphic design and am unsure where to go as I need to do distance learning due to having had surgery on both feet but also I do have a full-time job when I recover.

    I have only ever gained GCSE's many years ago (I'm now 35) none of which were Art based . I had looked into the Pitman Training Graphic Design Diploma as there was a centre near me in case I felt the need to see someone face to face but this just closed and although I can still do the course with them I was wondering if there was anywhere else anyone could recommend. I have used photoshop and paintshop pro previously only self taught mind you and I am at a loss. I noticed the distance learning centre do adobe specialist courses and they have a print specialist bundle but I currently feel like I'm going in circles and at this rate will never find a course. Please help if you can.
    (Original post by JordLndr)
    Yeah, I know where you're coming from. I'm 17 and at 6th form at the moment, I take Art and Product Design as 2 of my subjects. I was also looking at getting into Graphic Design and gradually picked up skills in editing softwares which can then lead me into my future job.

    Have you tried searching anything like "Graphic Design course" or "Graphic Design qualifications teaching near me" etc
    Hey guys. I'd highly recommended looking at doing a foundation art and design course. You'll get to do graphic design bits but also lots of other creative things too, all of which will help make you a better designer! You can then apply to uni with that qualification if you want to specialize in graphic design at a higher level. Most colleges and universities offer the foundation course and id go check out the ones local to you to hear more about the course
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    Hey guys. I'd highly recommended looking at doing a foundation art and design course. You'll get to do graphic design bits but also lots of other creative things too, all of which will help make you a better designer! You can then apply to uni with that qualification if you want to specialize in graphic design at a higher level. Most colleges and universities offer the foundation course and id go check out the ones local to you to hear more about the course
    Hi, thanks for your help I would be happy to start with a foundation course my problem is I have a full time job and I am also currently on long term sick leave as I have had surgery on both feet so I am house bound which means I need to do a distance learning/online course.....would you be able to recommend any reputable places that do online foundation art and design courses? sorry to be a pain it's just so hard to know who's trying to scam you these days and as courses aren't cheap I want to make sure my money is going somewhere safe and I'll actually receive a real qualification at the end.
 
 
 
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