Graphic Designer

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Graphic designers produce designs that use images and words to get across ideas and information.

Working to a 'brief' from a client, senior designer or account executive, they create designs for adverts, packaging, menus, books, posters, letterheads, company logos and magazines.

The Work

You could be:


Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified graphic designers in the UK tend to be in the range of £18,000 to £20,000 a year. Senior graphic designers can earn from £25,000 to £35,000 a year or more.

Some graphic designers work freelance. They charge a fee, possibly between £20 and £40 an hour, depending on the work – the average hourly rate is around £20 to £30. The better known they are, the more they can charge.


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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. Some courses have a closing date of 15th January and others have the closing date of 24th March.

You could work with advertising agencies, design studios, publishing companies or broadcasting companies.

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which has information on working in the design industry.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Twitter: @csdminerva

Creative and Cultural Skills
Website (2):
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Tel: 020 7840 1111
Twitter: @dandad

D&AD is an educational charity promoting good design and advertising.

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Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display