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Graphic Designer

Overview: They design layout of printed text and photographs, sketches and drawings to be displayed in visual communications media such as books, magazines, advertising brochures, newspapers and TV. They make decisions based on artistic criteria. They use computer based graphics software.
Duties: They study the artwork, photographs and text proposed by a producer or editor in order to describe a product, service or story theme. They confer with authors and photographers.

They decide upon the best artistic layout or configuration for the artwork and text to be printed. They select style of print, print size and colors. Use computer graphics software systems.

They draw mock-up of layout designs for review with editors and with customer marketing executives for advertising materials. They make any modifications suggested.

They oversee the final production of the project by conferring with artists and printers and with TV camera crews for televised presentations. They assure that quality is maintained.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.A.S. Digital Art and Design 
A.A.S. Internet Technology 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Interdisciplinary Concentration  
Job Outlook: Employment of graphic designers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Demand will be for workers who can design for website, mobile phones, and other tecnology as well as print and marketing materials for a variety of products and media.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $34,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Applicants for graphic designer positions should have an associate or bachelor's degree in graphic design with a background in liberal arts. Coursework in computer-assisted graphics is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.