Graphic designers create visual communications. They organise art and layouts of text for reproduction in print and electronic media and image designs for corporate identity programs, exhibitions and advertising.

Designers may work with brand and identity strategy, digital and web-based design, television, film and computer graphics, set and exhibition design, corporate design, book and magazine design and advertising and illustration. They may progress to positions such as design directors, art directors or creative directors.

Where graphic designers are employed

Graphic designers work in wide range of industries and environments including advertising agencies, graphic design houses, commercial art studios, computer game developers, retail stores, printing firms, book and newspaper publishers, and marketing and public relations firms. Graphic designers may work as members of a design team in design studios or advertising agencies or alone undertaking consultancy or freelance work.

Pay

Full-time graphic designers in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Graphic Designer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,001 people employed full-time as graphic designers in South Australia compared with 950 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a graphic designer you usually have to complete a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in graphic design. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study externally through online distance education.

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Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in graphic design or a related area such as digital media or visual communication design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. At school consider doing English and a visual arts or design.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

VET and university applicants may also be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work as part of the enrolment process.

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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