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Graphic Designer

Graphic Designers are at the cutting edge of new developments.

Introduction

If you enjoy working creatively, coming up with new and innovative designs and have excellent communication skills then the Graphic Design Career Pathway is the right choice.

Career Overview

Graphic Designers get briefs from clients to understand their needs before designing and creating websites, promotional material, branding, displays or magazines to fit that brief.

To succeed in this role, you will need a lot of originality and be at the cutting edge of new developments in the industry. Knowledge of design software, planning and organisation and a professional attitude are needed.

As a graphic designer you will have to

  • Liaise with photographers, copywriters and other creatives working within the same project to make sure everything is completed to schedule
  • Think creatively and innovatively
  • Work independently and organise your own work schedule if you are self-employed
  • Understand how to cost projects, invoice and
  • Proof read work and ensure it is accurate to the client’s brief
  • Take clear notes and understand projects fully before commencing work
  • Use Adobe Creative Suite or other industry-standard software to create print and web ready artworks
  • Working with clients to draw concepts and create different versions of designs following feedback

Career Prospects

Graphic designers can work within small, medium and large businesses as a full-time member of staff or on fixed term contracts as a self-employed worker. Some designers choose to set up their own studio which will give you flexibility in your working life.

Top end graphic designers are in high demand and you could work on anything from packaging design to high-profile ad campaigns or websites.

Academic Route

Choose three A-Levels to study as part of this career package. 

Professional Route

Choose one of these courses to study as part of this career package.