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Graphic Designer

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Graphic designers produce designs using 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

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified graphic designers in the UK tend to be in the range of £20,000 to £25,000 a year. Senior graphic designers can earn from £25,000 to £40,000 a year or more.

Some graphic designers work freelance. Depending on the work – the average hourly rate is around £20 to £30. The better known they are, the more they can charge.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2980
0.9 %
RISE
2023
3007
  United Kingdom
2018
60543
3.1 %
RISE
2023
62399

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:

Training

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.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
E-mail: info@csd.org.uk
Website: http://www.csd.org.uk
Twitter: @csdminerva
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charteredsocietyofdesigners

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/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.

D&AD
Tel: 020 7840 1111
E-mail: contact@dandad.org
Website: http://www.dandad.org/
Twitter: @dandad
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DandADuk

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

Photography