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Graphic Design Careers

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As a graduate of the Graphic Design program, you’ll have vast options for employment, as you’ll possess one of the most valuable skills in business: the skill of communication, both physical and virtual. You may work for firms that specialize in design, advertising, or branding; you may also work in-house for corporations or non-profits; or for yourself as a freelancer, contract designer or business owner. You may also work in highly specialized fields like UI/UX design, publishing, or packaging. Finally, you may continue your education by attending graduate school.

Possible Careers

 
  • Graphic Designer (In-House or Contract)
  • Graphic Designer (Freelance)
  • Graphic Design Educator
  • Creative/Art Director
  • Branding Specialist
  • Design Firm/Ad Agency Principal
  • Packaging Designer
  • Editorial/Publication Designer
  • Production Artist/Manager
  • Web Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Interaction/Information Designer
  • Marketing Coordinator

Where KCAD Graphic Design alumni work

 

Where KCAD Graphic Design alumni have attended graduate school

 
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR) – Master of Fine Arts
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Concordia University (Ann Arbor, MI) – Master of Science, Administration/Leadership
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Vancouver Film School (Vancouver, Canada) - Master of Fine Arts
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) – Master of Education
  • University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Boston University (Boston, MA) – Master of Arts, Health Communication
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) – Master of Arts, Communications
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) – Master of Arts, Art Direction
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, MN) – Master of Fine Arts
  • Miami Ad School (Miami, FL) – Two-year portfolio program, Art Direction

Average Yearly Income

 
  • Graphic Designer - $51,640 national, $47,750 Michigan
  • Art Director - $101,990 national, $83,850 Michigan

National income statistics source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

State income statistics source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - Michigan

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