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Hello. I am also doing a career change to Cartography. I'm in the beginning stages and have a load of questions to ask. Currently, I'm in the banking industry and would like to know the best courses to begin with at school? ...I was directed to take Graphic Design classes at The Art Institute of Pitt. Is this a good beginning step?

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Hello. I am also doing a career change to Cartography. I'm in the beginning stages and have a load of questions to ask. Currently, I'm in the banking industry and would like to know the best courses to begin with at school? ...I was directed to take Graphic Design classes at The Art Institute of Pitt. Is this a good beginning step?


Hi, and welcome to Cartotalk!

A graphic design class would certainly be a good way of starting off a cartography education. Whether it's the best step depends on where you'd like to be in x years from now. If you want to do map design, start off with graphic design. If you want to move more towards GIS, take some relevant courses in that field for starters. I would like to point out though that it's probabely a good idea to do both eventually :)
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B) Thanks for the reply! Once in Graphic Design Classes, is it possible to start looking for apprentice type positions for map design... or is there such a thing as apprenticeships in cartography?


Hello. I am also doing a career change to Cartography. I'm in the beginning stages and have a load of questions to ask. Currently, I'm in the banking industry and would like to know the best courses to begin with at school? ...I was directed to take Graphic Design classes at The Art Institute of Pitt. Is this a good beginning step?


Hi, and welcome to Cartotalk!

A graphic design class would certainly be a good way of starting off a cartography education. Whether it's the best step depends on where you'd like to be in x years from now. If you want to do map design, start off with graphic design. If you want to move more towards GIS, take some relevant courses in that field for starters. I would like to point out though that it's probabely a good idea to do both eventually :)



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Are you interested in pure cartography or GIS mapping?

Either way you should make yourself familiar with GIS concepts and use since a lot of basic cart begins with GIS data. A graphics design course is probably a good place to get familiar with the graphics software you will use for cartography. A proper Cartography class would be advisable as well and an Intro to GIS class. If you intend to do primarily GIS work you should look into a college based GIS certificate program.

I occasionally see cartography internships advertised on the SF Bay Area Craig’s List. If you have any nearby publishing companies, magazines, newspapers etc that may occasionally use maps give them a call and offer your time in exchange for some training. If you get comfortable with a graphics program like Illustrator you can get some basic map practice by advertising yourself as a Wedding Map service. Come up with a standard locator map style (small enough to fit in most invitation envelopes), use Google or similar to plan the routes and locations, copy and paste the image into Ill and use as your background for a simple event locator map… charge $50 -$80 for each file. Advertise on Craig’s List, it won’t take too long before you get your first contact from a desperate bride! It’s good practice and the tolerance for entry level work is high.

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Thanks for the advise!

Both actually. I would like to start out with basic Cartography.
What would be the best hardware to purchase for a beginner/student like me?




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