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Graphic Designer

Use visual media, typography and page design techniques to create print and digital assets.

What's it like to be a Graphic Designer?

Graphic Designers use visual media (such as drawing, painting, digital media), typography and page design techniques to create print and digital assets, design layout, logos, icons and infographics or develop advertising collateral.

Graphic Designer

Tasks and duties

  • Consult with clients to discuss concept, design, timeline and budget.
  • According to the brief, use a variety of materials to create a proposed design, taking into account feedback from the client.
  • Advise clients on design developments, develop a design portfolio and stay abreast of industry-specific trends.
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Graphic Designers may work in a variety of settings including design studios, private practice, government, start-ups or freelance

As creative professionals, Graphic Designers need to have strong visual skills, which include an understanding of colour, contrast and scale. Many Graphic Designers use different computer suites such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to assist in developing and refining their designs.

What can I earn as a Graphic Designer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Graphic Designer is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Graphic Designer


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To work as a Graphic Designer in Australia, a qualification specialising in graphic design is usually required.

  1. Undertake a formal qualification in graphic design. This may be a Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715) or a Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design).
  2. There are numerous opportunities for Graphic Designers who want to further their career. This may include pursuing a specialisation or working towards becoming an art director, creative lead or user experience designer.

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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 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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Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)

This qualification deepens your skills in design to prepare for a career as a Graphic Designer.

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How do Graphic Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 27 Graphic Designers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.1
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
2.9
Variety of work
3.9

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Aug 2019
Every Graphic Designer needs to work in production at least once
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Multimedia
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Print Production
The good things
I believe every Designer needs to work in production, it really opens up what is Possible and Not when you are designing things that are to be printed. So when you are designing something you are thin...
The challenges
If you aren't a quick learner than this role can be difficult as you have to learn not only the design programes but also all the machines used to print and finish products. Also the pay isn't that gr...
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Jul 2019
Graphic Design/Graphic Art: I love my profession, but not always my job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Associate diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Print advertising and Annual Reports
The good things
A role as a Graphic Designer/Graphic Artist includes a broad range of tasks and creative outcomes for work. This keeps things interesting and allows for your skill-set to diversify. There are opportun...
The challenges
Being a Graphic Designer/Graphic Artist, styles and technologies change and evolve quickly. If you want to stay relevant, you need to keep up and make sure you’re ready for whatever the new thing is. ...
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Working hours for Graphic Designers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
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What are the job opportunities for Graphic Designers?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
13.6%
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