Google: Designers in Canada can’t afford to learn graphic design, report says
Google has released its first ever report on how many Canadian graphic design graduates don’t have the skills needed to become professional designers.
The company said last month that it had launched an online platform for aspiring designers that aims to help students navigate the market and gain the necessary training to compete in a global marketplace.
While there’s no specific number for how many people choose to learn a particular field of design, Google said that a large proportion of graphic design students in Canada are “underrepresented” in their ranks.
The company said that in 2015, the number of students graduating with graphic design degrees in Canada was “only 14 per cent of the overall population.”
The company estimated that the “gap in talent” for graphic design is likely much wider.
The report found that the average Canadian has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from a university, but a diploma with only a high-school diploma is needed to get into a professional design school.
The majority of Canadian graphic designers have a “low or very low” in-demand skill set, the report said, and it said that those who don’t can end up unemployed.
According to the report, graphic designers can be expected to have the following skills:The majority have at least a bachelor of science in graphic art, a bachelor in graphic or design, and a diploma in graphic arts or design.
Most graphic designers also have at at least an associate degree in art, design or design-related field.
There is also a lack of specialization in the field of graphic art and design.
More than one in five graphic designers and graphic designers in Canada have at most a bachelor or master’s degree, the company said.
“We are seeing a gap in skill and talent,” the company wrote in its report.
“In the digital age, graphic design offers a new way of working in a digital world, but this gap is growing.”
As digital industries continue to change and demand for talent continues to rise, there is a need for a more comprehensive and robust education on design and graphic design.
“Google said that the company has been working with organizations that represent the professional designers to help them become more aware of the gaps in their talent pool.