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Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Tasks

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.

Entry Requirements

Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £31,000 per annum and can progress up to £33,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 5,758 employed Graphic Designers in the region.

Current Vacancies

Graphic Designer

Postify
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UX Designer

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Destinations of Art & Design Completers July 2018

47% of students went on to other Further Education at York College.

35% of students went on to other Higher Education

Destinations of Digital Technologies Completers July 2018

58% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

11% of students went on to other Higher Education

3% of students went on to employment

Destinations of Media, Music and Performing Arts Completers July 2018

56% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

25% of students went on to Higher Education

3% of students went on to employment

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