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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 most common annual salary in AUS for a Designer is between $85k and $95k
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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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Bachelor of Design

This degree prepares you for a career in the design industry. There may also be an option to specialise in one area of design.
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Diploma of Graphic Design

This vocational diploma provides you with the skills and knowledge to create designs in both print and digital media.

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Bachelor of Fine Art

This degree provides specialised arts knowledge in visual and performing arts to prepare for careers in performance and production.

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How do Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 3 Designers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.0
Job security
2.0
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
3.3

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Aug 2019
hands on and interesting
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
industrial design
The good things
working within a supportive team environment
The challenges
uncertain hours and job security
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Aug 2019
Everyday should be New
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Architectural Design
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Architect
The good things
I just love what I do! I enjoy going to work everyday..
The challenges
To be creative everyday
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What are the job opportunities for Designers?

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