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Designer

Design commercial products and consumer goods or digital media.

What's it like to be a Designer?

Designers are creative professionals who design commercial products, clothing and other functional items, or digital and graphic media. They work to a set of client requirements or a design brief and prepare sketches, diagrams or models that illustrate the design and specifications of the final product.

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Tasks and duties

  • Determining design project requirements by liaising with clients.
  • Preparing sketches, diagrams, models, samples and digital drawings to illustrate design concepts and production specifications.
  • Modifying and updating designs in accordance with client feedback.
  • Discussing design solutions with clients and stakeholders.
  • Selecting and approving materials for use in production (where applicable).
  • Using a range of computer software to create mock–ups and sketches.
  • Documenting and archiving design details for future use.
  • Applying established design principles and techniques.
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Designers usually specialise in one or more disciplines of design, including fashion and jewellery design; industrial design; graphic design; interior design or product design. They are employed in design houses, in–house for brands, in design agencies, or may work freelance servicing a list of clients.

What can I earn as a Designer?

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The median annual salary in AUS for a Designer is $79,999
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How to become a Designer


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It is possible to work as a Designer without qualifications, although some employers may prefer candidates with university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in the field. Developing a portfolio of work to show prospective clients and employers is essential.

  1. Complete a qualification such as bachelor’s degree majoring in Design. This is typically a three–year course of full–time study, although study times may vary depending on the course chosen. A VET qualification such as the Certificate IV in Design (CUA40715) or Diploma of Design will also provide an introduction to Design and its methods and principles.
  2. Develop a portfolio of your work and showcase it on a website or blog. This can include work you’ve done on mock Design projects. Your portfolio will become one of your most important assets as a Designer.
  3. Consider joining the Design Institute of Australia while studying and upgrading to a full membership upon graduation.

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Certificate IV in Design

With this qualification you will develop your technical design skills and learn to respond to design briefs.
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Latest Designer reviews

Latest reviews from 10 Designers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Fashion design - not as glamorous as you might think...but sometimes, still pretty fun
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Fashion
The good things
Day to day work can be fun and creative. Some days I can’t believe I’m being paid to do the things I’m being paid to do because it’s so fun and interesting. My knowledge and expertise has grown a lot ...
The challenges
Unfortunately a large number of fashion designer roles now come with the less glamorous sides of the job. For me, I spend much of my day in excel spreadsheets or entering data into online production s...
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May 2021
graphic design is enjoyable if you get paid well or if it is the only thing you can do even though you barely earn enough to survive
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Graphic Design
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Multimedia
The good things
overseeing a project can be a great way to increase productivity and therefore eventually work on projects that you can call your own work
The challenges
There are not as many projects as there are designers.
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