A Graphic Designer uses sketching, colouring or computerising using sophisticated software and CAD (Computer Aided Design) to help visualise, improve and refine design ideas. The graphic designer may also help to develop a brand by creating labels that customers will recognise, as well as creating pictures and marketing materials to display in shops that will try to persuade customers to buy their products.
You can get into this job through:
You could take a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Graphic Design or Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design, and use this to join a company as a design assistant.
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
The following local colleges offer courses in Business:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You could start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in design, specialising in graphics.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- graphic design
- art and design
You'll usually need:
- a foundation diploma in art and design
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
There's a lot of competition for graphic design work. You'll need a portfolio that shows your creative ideas, skills and work experience to help you get started.
You can get more information on working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.
Career Path and Progression
You could become a senior designer, creative director or move into management.
You could go freelance or start your own design agency.
Another option is to move into teaching or lecturing.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Web designer
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent creative flair
- Good at IT with the ability to adapt to new technology
- Good organisational skills
- An eye for detail
£16,000 to £50,000