Students will be able to understand the process of selling design, self-promotion, and the importance of building a network.
Students will be able to recognize that a successful, sustained career requires both the understanding and practice of sound professional practices.
Students will be able to implement the process of creating accurate estimates for design project costs.
Starting a Design Business
Students will be aware of the legal and financial aspects of starting a design studio including business structures, licensing, tax implications, and legal liabilities.
Students will be able to understand the requirements of working as a freelance designer and will be prepared to effectively work in the current environment.
Students will be able to compete in the design industry with appropriate job hunting, interviewing, and networking skills and be able to explore possible design career paths.
Design Proposal & Contracts
Students will be able to create working proposals and contracts for the design marketplace.
Students will be able to discern intellectual property laws that relate to design work and understand the implications of infringement, plagiarism, copyright, trademark, licensing, and the negotiation of reproduction rights.
Students will be able to identify the ethical issues facing designers and understand current professional models.
Students will be able to understand the importance of adequate financial oversight in the design process and the fundamentals of bookkeeping, expense tracking, accounts receivables, and tax preparation.