Is it required for people to go to design schools to become a Graphic Designer? I’ve heard many cases where they have started from scratch without previous education in design and are doing fine as freelancers/working in studios.
Would it be better to go to a design school to become a Graphic Designer? How much leverage would it give you if you went to one?
A good portfolio of work that shows creativity and commercial sensibilities will be of more benefit than a qualification. Having said that, any course that leads to a graphic design qualification will include practical work which can be used to form the basis of a portfolio.
You can’t beat real-world experience though.