How to become a Graphic Designer

Graphic designers produce visual communications, including art and layouts of text for reproduction in print and electronic media such as magazines, newspapers, books and websites, as well as image designs for corporate identity programmes, exhibitions and advertising. Graphic designers may specialise in a number of fields, including brand and identity strategy; digital and web-based design; television, film and computer graphics; set and exhibition design; corporate design; book and magazine design; and advertising and illustration. They may progress to positions such as design directors, art directors or creative directors.

Personal requirements of a Graphic Designer

  • Creative and imaginative
  • Understanding of colour and form
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills
  • Good marketing abilities
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Graphic Designer

To become a graphic designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in graphic design or a related area such as digital media or visual communication design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and a visual arts or design subject are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,150

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 39.3%

NT 0.2%

QLD 12.3%

SA 6.8%

TAS 0.9%

VIC 34.6%

WA 4.6%

Hours worked:

39.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 56.5%

Proportion of female workers 43.5%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 3.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 8.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 4.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 25.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 48.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 8.7%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 48.6%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 50.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Graphic designers are required to have computer and technical skills.
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