Graphic designers provide tailored commercial and promotional designs that help clients effectively market and advertise. Designers use a variety of artistic skills to create specific packaging, displays, logos, etc. that complement clients’ brands and gain expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite to make their concepts a reality.
- Graphic Designer
- Creative Director
- Art Director
- Creative Manager
- Design Director
- Production Artist
- Publication Designer
- Web Designer
Types of Employers
- Design Firms
- Advertising Agencies
- Marketing Agencies
- Public Relations Firms
- TV Stations
- Film Companies
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Museums & Galleries
- Schools, Colleges & Universities
Preparing for your career in
- Develop expertise in graphic and design software: Adobe Creative Suite
- Maintain a physical and digital portfolio of your work
- Create a graphic design resume that is different from traditional resumes in that it also highlights your design ability along with your education and experience
- Obtain an internship where you can use your graphic design stills to promote a client’s brand
- Network with professionals in the field – many design jobs are achieved by knowing someone
- Know how to talk about your personal creative brand and how it relates to an employer’s vision
How do I know if its right for me?
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