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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 5,828 employed Graphic Designers in the region.

Current Vacancies

Graphic Designer

Hays Specialist Recruitment
11 Feb 2020

Graphic designer

Multibrands International Ltd.
23 Jan 2020

Graphic Designer

John Dawson
31 Jan 2020

Graphic Designer

John Dawson
24 Jan 2020

Graphic Designer

John Dawson
7 Feb 2020

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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