£15,080 Average salary at age 20
£31,200 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Main Tasks

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints;
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes;
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations;
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project;
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales;
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.


Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.

What Graphic designers studied in higher education

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What Graphic designers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies75
(W1) Fine art2
(W6) Cinematics & photography6
(Q3) English studies1
(K1) Architecture1
(N5) Marketing1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(W9) Others in creative arts & design1
(N1) Business studies1
(P3) Media studies4
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science3

UK Prospects

114100 Workforce Size
0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
11611 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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