After nearly 100 years, it appears that the old adage that "the more things change - the more they stay the same" still applies.
Training or education? Most employers in the graphic arts really seem to only want trained people. When technology changes it seems that they sometimes get rid of one set of trained people for a new batch of trained people. I don't think the graphic arts schools have ever really educated their students.
While I've only been to one such school, in my opinion the prepress program that they offered there was a good one. Some of the instructors were veterans from the industry and a couple of them were actually still in it. Maybe some schools don't have that and I think that it makes a difference, but I can't imagine that there are schools out there that have basically no idea what they're teaching.
When I took the courses, I went with experience from the press side of the business and it certainly helped me to understand some things a little bit better. But even though I learned a lot about digital prepress when I was there, some of my class projects were being completely blown away by students with no previous experience at all.
I think there's usually a difference between classroom training and on the job training, but the courses being offered where I went to school, were giving students a good head start.
I also think that what's probably more difficult to teach than anything else in the 'Graphic Arts' industry, is Creativity. I believe that mostly comes from within, and naturally some people will have more of it than others.
By Noel Ward, Editor@Large
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