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How to become a Graphic Designer

Use visual media to help your client stand out

What do Graphic Designers do?

 

Graphic Designers create and design visual branding for their clients, such as logos, packaging designs, layouts, advertisements and more. They work with a variety of mediums, including drawing, photography and digital media.

If you are creative with an eye for design, love working with technology and have good customer service skills, this could be the perfect job for you.

About you:

  • Creative with good attention to detail
  • Strong IT skills and knowledge of industry-standard programs
  • Able to communicate effectively with clients

 

The job:

  • Determine the needs of clients
  • Work through the design process with clients, from concept to completion
  • Prepare final designs to be used in a variety of contexts e.g. for web, printing, etc.

 

Graphic Designer salary (average) $53,686 per year

(Source: payscale.com)

Job growth as a Graphic Designer is strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

This is a fast-growing and competitive industry, so having a formal qualification and getting work experience can help boost your chances of finding work.

 

How to become a Graphic Designer in Australia

 

A degree isn’t necessary for entry into this career, but a formal education is preferred by both employers and clients.

Step 1 – Study English and Maths at school and consider taking subjects such as art and technology.

Step 2 – Study a relevant degree at university, or get a VET qualification, such as:

CSU’s Bachelor of Creative Industries (Design and Visual Arts)

CQU’s Bachelor of Digital Media

Monash’s Bachelor of Design

TAFE NSW’s Certificate IV in Design

Step 3 – Undertake work experience or an internship to gain the required skills and become more appealing to employers. Keep an updated portfolio of your work.

Step 4 – Boost your credibility by becoming a member of an organisation such as the Design Institute of Australia.

Step 5 – Keep up to date with the latest trends in design and upskill with short courses.

Find out more here –

https://www.design.org.au/

http://australiandesignalliance.com/

 

Similar Careers to Graphic Designer

 

Web Designer

Illustrator

Fine Artist

UX Designer

Signwriter

Find out more about alternative careers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

  • How long does it take to become a Graphic Designer?

It can take between 4 and 5 years from finishing school to become a Graphic Designer. This is the time it would usually take you to finish a relevant qualification and get some work experience under your belt.

  • Where do Graphic Designers work?

Graphic Designers can work as part of a design studio, in-house for a company, or do freelance work. Some graphic designers work remotely.

  • Do I need to go to university to become a Graphic Designer?

Having a formal qualification can greatly improve your chances of finding work. VET qualifications are often sufficient and could take less time to complete.

  • Is Graphic Design a good career to aim for?

If you are creative and love art and technology, Graphic Design could be a great option for you. There is strong growth for this career in the future as well.




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