Q: How do I know if a design school is good?


First off, I’d recommend that you visit multiple schools and make sure you learn their general philosophy and approach to design. If their philosophy doesn’t jive with yours, cross the school off your list. Visit the next one. Try to avoid naïveté: double check your information about a school with multiple students attending there.

About Internet research, you can look at forums. However, be “aware of haters”. Some may have good reasons, but instead of looking for what is going wrong in a school. I rather look first for what are the positive attributes. No system is perfect, student neither.

You don’t have to target only the “best school”. Apply for the one where you feel you can grow best.

 A school that’s especially expensive is worth a bit of extra investigation.

Get the info you need from students and alumni.

Then, ask them about the recruitment process. They are your “insiders”. You might be intimidated by speaking to them at first, but they’re people just like you, like me, like your friends. They will be glad to help you.
If you’re too shy, contact students and alumni by email. You can access their contact information and profile at http://www.coroflot.com or www.behance.net. Many designers post their portfolios there.


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Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

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