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What Can I Do With A Major In Graphic Design?

Graphic designers—or graphic artists—plan, analyze and create visual solutions to communications problems. They find the most effective way to get messages across in print, electronic and film media using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports and other publications. They also produce promotional
displays, packaging and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive logos for products and businesses, and develop signs and signage systems—called environmental graphics—for business and government. An increasing number of graphic designers also develop material for Internet Web pages, interactive media and multimedia projects. Graphic designers also may produce the credits that appear before and after television programs and movies.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Advertising Account Manager
Advertising Agency Coordinator
Animator
Apparel Designer
Art Appraiser
Art Director
Art Restorer
Art Teacher/Professor
Brand Identity Designer
Cartoonist
Catalog Page Designer
CD/Record Cover Designer
Cinematographer
Commercial Designer
Communication Specialist
Corporate Designer
Costume Designer
Custom Decorator
Design Assistant
Desktop Publishing Artist
Exhibit Designer
Graphic Designer
Illustrator
Industrial Designer
Interior Designer
Layout Artist
Logo Designer
Magazine Designer
Multimedia Designer
Multimedia Systems Analyst
Package Designer
Photographer
Printing Press Operator
Retail Visual Merchandising
Sales Representative
Textile Designer
Toy Designer
TV Graphic Designer
Video Game Designer
Video Technician
Visual Merchandiser
Web Designer

Types of Employers

Advertising Firms
Apparel Manufacturers/Textile Mills
Architecture/Engineering Firms
Art Galleries
Art Publications
Colleges/Universities
Community Service Agencies
Consulting Organizations
Consumer Products Firms
Corporate Communications
Craft Guilds
Cultural Organizations
Federal, State and Local Government
Historical Societies
Independent Production Companies
Libraries
Media Organizations
Museums
Photo Agencies & Studios
Private Schools - National
Private Schools - International
Public Relations/Advertising Firms
Publishing Houses
Retail Stores

Transferrable Skills

Paints, draws, crafts, sculpts and creative design

Possesses proficiency for accurate detail

Concentrates for long periods

Possesses aptitude for spatial relationships

Meets deadlines

Recognizes differences in shapes, shading and color

Makes critical observations and appropriate decisions

Communicates ideas and emotions creatively

Decision making and problem solving

Uses logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

Weighs out the options in a situation or a problem and logically chooses the best course of action

Allocates and budgets time for different tasks so things get done when needed

Identifies a problem, reviews related information, develops and evaluates options, and implements a solution

Understands complex written paragraphs, instructions or reports

Uses logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

Experiential Education

Designing logos/publications for a graphic arts firm

Assisting an interior designer with plans for a retail store

Teaching students in a summer art enrichment program

Professional Associations

AIGA,
aiga.org

Art Director Club,
adcglobal.org

Design Council,
designcouncil.org.uk

Design Management Institute,
dmi.org

Graphic Artists Guild,
graphicartistsguild.org

Society of Environmental Graphic Design,
segd.org

Society for News Design,
snd.org

Society of Publication Designers (SPD),
spd.org

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: University of Delaware, Ashland University, quintcareers.com