There are a million things to learn in design school, but what about the things you need to know “about” design school? In an effort to be clear and concise—something your teachers are always bugging you to do—here are exactly 1000 words of advice for design students (clichés included):
Keep your ear to the ground. The best gossip is any gossip. Start there and then do your homework. If a course or a teacher is reputed to be great, odds are that there’s something there. Same for the inverse, but don’t be dissuaded by advance reviews of a difficult or challenging teacher or course—sometimes the best fit is a tight one.
Do your homework. There is no question that in design school, what you put in is what you get out. It’s not exciting and it’s not revelatory, but it really does turn out that the students who work the hardest and commit themselves the fullest end up with the best stuff. Inspiration and perspiration. You need ’em both.
School is expensive. Come on time. Stay late. College in many countries is prohibitively expensive, so make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Arrive on time and insist that your teachers do too. Stay after class and ask questions; find out about more than just what the class covered. Don’t be a pest, but don’t be a pushover either. Why? Here’s why: