A career in graphic design

If you have a flair for the creative, a graphic design career is perfect for you. In essence, graphic designers are responsible for the 'look and feel' for almost any kind of project. You’ll be responsible for translating concepts into a visual form and getting your clients' message across with high visual impact. It’s a creative and collaborative career for those with the right ambition.

Graphic designer careers

If you choose to dabble in this design career, your daily life would include producing visual communications such as art and layouts of text for print and electronic media – magazines, websites – and image designs for exhibitions, corporate branding and computer games.

Graphic designers may work as members of a design team in design studios or advertising agencies, or they can opt to freelance or become graphic design consultants. Becoming a graphic designer involves working in a project-based environment with constant deadlines, which might sometimes require working long hours outside of normal hours.

On a day-to-day basis, your work could include:

  • Meeting clients or account managers to discuss the objectives and requirements of the job
  • Developing concepts, ideas, rough sketches and design briefs in line with the client's needs
  • Preparing layouts and presenting finalised ideas and concepts to clients or account managers
  • Working with a wide range of media including photography, illustration, computer-generated imagery and computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Keeping up-to-date with emerging technologies
  • Commissioning illustrators and photographers
  • Preparing designs for print or digital publication and signage
  • Design and set up of advertiser exhibitions

Personal skills

If you’re keen on becoming a graphic designer, you’re probably in possession of these personal skills:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Understanding of colour and form
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • High communication skills
  • Good marketing abilities
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Attention to detail

Becoming a graphic designer: courses, training & experience

If this is a path you’re thinking of pursuing, most graphic designer careers require a degree or diploma. A design course will teach you the essential skills and also knowledge of key software packages, which will lead to success and career progression.

Employers will also generally expect you to have learned the essential skills while completing your qualifications and be and have a portfolio of work. Employers may support further study and may also provide in-house or external training.

At Martin, we offer graphic design courses that are hands-on so you can develop your skills and portfolio and graduate career-ready.

Graphic designer career pathways

As a graphic designer, you can find employment in various sectors including advertising agencies, design studios, publishing houses and pre-press companies. Graphic designers are employed both in-house and through agencies.

Entry graphic designer roles include:

  • Junior graphic designers
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Assistant Web Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Graphic Operator

With enough experience, you can progress to more senior roles and you may take on team management responsibilities, eventually becoming a studio manager, design director or creative director.

Becoming a graphic designer can also mean specialising in a particular field including:

  • Web design
  • Flash design
  • Print design
  • Layout artistry
  • Illustration
  • Prepress design
  • Packaging design
  • Advertising
  • Concept artistry
  • Web artistry and animation

For detailed information about our graphic design courses, intake dates, entry requirements and more, please contact us today >