About my college education:
Advertising arts - very interesting and fun because you get to bring out the creative part in you, unless the time comes when you run out of ideas (creative block) .
Very challenging, because you must always have something fresh and unique to offer, and there are a lot of people you 'compete' with so if you have a same idea as someone, it could probably mean that your idea is common.
Stressful, with just a small time given before the deadline, you must already have your research, concept and execution done.
You might kind of need to say good bye to your social life, unless you are really good in time management.
Skills required for this course:
- analytical skills
- creative skills
- communication skills
- copywriting skills
- drawing skills
- observational skills
- people skills
- problem solving skills
Advertising arts is a very fun course because you get to explore different art skills such as drawing, painting, photography, video editing, and of course the major - advertising. You must be able to solve the problem given by the 'clients' (or professors) and strictly follow the rules given. Being able to meet deadline and work under pressure. Ability to work individually or with a team.
My current job:
Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes. All the basic skills needed combined. But there's still so much more to be learned in the field of arts. It is very wide with lots of softwares to be used.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Currently I'm a freelancer, but will find a real job soon.
Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising Arts:
Practically, this is not advisable if you are only going to stay in the Philippines because it's hard to find a job related to this degree if you don't have any connections inside an advertising agency. For graphic designer positions, there are a lot available but must meet the required skills. The job of this degree is more in demand in foreign countries.
Fulfilling / interesting career:
Very interesting and fulfilling especially when you see your works being published and seen by other people. Awards are also sometimes given.
For a starter level it is average, but as soon as you get lots of experience and established a name, the pay will eventually increase. Especially when you gain a higher position (ex. According to recent news, art director is one of the highest paying jobs)
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