With the digital boom, the global push towards innovation, and a growing cultural economy, creativity is capital and design is at the forefront.
It’s a common misconception that artists and design professionals are poorly paid, or have to work part-time jobs just to get by.
What most people don’t realise is that creative thinking is a highly prized attribute in practically every industry, and there are a multitude of opportunities available to those who study art, design and architecture.
From developing a diverse skill set to designing your own career, here’s why you should value your creativity and passion and ignore the naysayers.
1. Design makes a difference
Design and its principles have a greater impact on our lives than we might imagine. From our physical surroundings and infrastructure to the things we wear and buy, everything around us is embedded with design.
2. You will be part of a supportive community
Thinking differently can often make you feel like an outsider, but in the design and creative industries it’s the very thing that will accelerate your career. Curiosity and creativity are valued by a community of people who understand, support and challenge you.
3. Design is essential to the creative economy
Art, design and architecture are among Victoria’s fastest growing industries, and progressive and collaborative thinking is in demand across major sectors including education, health, agriculture, and manufacturing. Design not only enhances the economy, but is leading it into the future.
4. It’s a myth that creatives don’t make money
In Victoria alone, design firms contribute around $7 billion to the state’s economy each year. With the design industry booming, who said creative professionals have to look forward to a life of financial instability? A combination of hard work and seizing opportunities enables designers to lead fulfilling and financially rewarding careers.
5. You'll build diverse and transferable skills
While artistic talent can provide a strong foundation for a career in design, perhaps more important is a willingness to develop technical skills and an ability to solve problems creatively. This opens doors for graduates across artistic and non-artistic sectors, not-for-profit and community organisations, commercial business and cultural institutions.
6. Melbourne is the design capital
Melbourne is a destination for art and design globally and proof of the contribution design thinking can make to our surroundings. Urban spaces, co-working hubs, local fashion designers, exhibitions, and events all contribute to the cultural fabric of the city. As a living laboratory for art and design learning, RMIT connects you to leading thinkers in the field and a culture that champions designers.
7. You can design your life
One of the most valuable aspects of pursuing a career in design is the ability to create your own path. Unlike some professions, there is no limit to the ideas you develop, the people you meet, and the places you go.
Gaining the fundamental skills, connections and the global badge of studying at RMIT affords graduates flexibility, global opportunity, and diverse career opportunities, allowing many designers to work where, when, and how they chose.
Find your way to inspiration. Find your way to design. Find your way to possibility.
Story: Ben Bucknall