Graphic Designer

Job Description:

Designing visuals for various branding and marketing needs

Job Category:
Art & Fashion

What you will do:

You could work in print or online, in marketing, publishing, product or games design.

Depending on your role, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • discussing the client’s requirements and coming up with creative ideas
  • working out budgets and deadlines
  • producing rough drafts and presenting your ideas
  • preparing designs using specialist software
  • making presentations to clients for feedback and approval
  • producing a final layout
  • explaining requirements to photographers, printers,
  • manufacturers or games developers
  • keeping up with design trends and developments in software tools


You’ll likely need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • be creative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • design, writing and presentation skills
  • organisational and budgeting skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (driven)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a design related subject like:

  • graphic design
  • art and design
  • communication design
  • illustration

Getting work experience during your course will give you an advantage. Talk to your university careers service about work experience, internship and year placement opportunities as well as any support offered to help you build a portfolio.

You could take a college course (like a Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design or A level Graphic Communication in the UK), and use this to join a company as a design assistant.

You would need a good portfolio to showcase your skills to employers.

Some relevant work experience, especially on a live project, will help when looking for a job.

You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

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.

Having experience of using desktop publishing software will also give you an advantage

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work around 37 hours a week in a studio or office. You may need to work longer hours to meet deadlines.

You may go out to visit clients.


Career Path & 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.