Hey guys. I just recently discovered this website and it seems like a great place to seek advice about ID. With all the great people in this community, I was hoping you could help me out with my dilemma.
Some background: I just finished my freshman year at Penn State University as an Information Sciences and Technology major. I’m currently doing an internship program at Citigroup in NJ.
After interning here for over a month and seeing what the IT environment is like, I have been having second thoughts about working in this industry. Lately, I’ve been thinking about other careers I and found that I am very interested in Industrial Design. The thing is, besides some personal web/graphic design, I have no other experience in design. I haven’t sketched or drawn anything in years. Unfortunately, Penn State does not offer an ID program and before completely changing my life and transferring to an art school, I was hoping you guys could give me some advice on a couple topics.
1.) Although I think I have a good aesthetic sense, I don’t have any real artistic experience, so it would probably be pretty foolish to consider transferring right away. Is there anything I can do to prepare myself and more importantly, see if I even have any potential as a designer?
2.) How much talent/experience do I need to have going into an art school? If I am lacking in these areas, how much does art school help to hone these abilities?
3.) What is the job market like in the ID industry? If I were to receive a BA in ID, what are my chances of finding a job out of school?
4.) What is the typical salary for an entry-level designer? With years of experience, how much can this salary increase (assuming I go on to get a MFA)?
I think those are my main concerns for now. Thanks in advice to anyone to contributes to this topic!