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Working As A Media Designer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Media Designer Do

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Duties

Graphic designers typically do the following: 

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Use digital illustration, photo-editing software, and layout software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations that help deliver a desired message
  • Design layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use
  • Present design concepts to clients or art directors
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Graphic designers work with both text and images. They often select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. Graphic designers also decide how images and text will go together on a print or webpage, including how much space each will have. When using text in layouts, graphic designers collaborate closely with writers who choose the words and decide whether the words will be put into paragraphs, lists, or tables. Through the use of images, text, and color, graphic designers can transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams, which can make complex ideas more accessible.

Graphic design is important to marketing and selling products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing.

Frequently, designers specialize in a particular category or type of client. For example, some create the graphics used on retail products packaging, still others may work on the visual designs used on book jackets.

Graphic designers need to keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive.

Some individuals with a background in graphic design teach in design schools, colleges, and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Media Designer

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.

Advancement

Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

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Media Designer Career Paths

Media Designer
Marketing Director Senior Technician Specialist Senior Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Services Manager
Creative Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Multimedia Designer Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Specialist
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Product Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Art Director Marketing Director Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Search Engine Optimizer Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Communications Specialist Media Specialist
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Art Director Marketing Manager Regional Sales Manager
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner & Designer 5.7 years
Graphic Artist 4.3 years
Designer/Artist 3.5 years
Graphic Designer 3.2 years
Designer 3.0 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Production Artist 2.9 years
Media Technician 2.9 years
Media Specialist 2.9 years
Ad Designer 2.9 years
Designer, Printer 2.8 years
Designer/Writer 2.8 years
Media Producer 2.8 years
House Designer 2.7 years
Media Developer 2.7 years
Marketing Designer 2.6 years
Digital Designer 2.4 years
Web Designer 2.3 years
Freelance Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.2 years
Media Designer 2.0 years
Media Associate 1.7 years
Media Assistant 1.7 years
Junior Designer 1.6 years
Logo Designer 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.6%
Designer 3.6%
Top Employers After

Media Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

61.7%

Female

35.1%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

78.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

German

10.3%

French

10.3%

Mandarin

10.3%

Chinese

7.7%

Russian

5.1%

Dutch

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Choctaw

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Media Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

19.4%

Full Sail University

13.7%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.8%

University of North Texas

4.8%

Ball State University

4.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Academy of Art University

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.2%

Brigham Young University

3.2%

Iowa State University

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.2%

University of Cincinnati

3.2%

DePaul University

3.2%

Northern Illinois University

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%
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Majors

Graphic Design

32.9%

Communication

8.5%

Design And Visual Communication

6.4%

Fine Arts

6.4%

Business

5.5%

Photography

5.1%

Computer Applications

4.6%

Animation

4.6%

Marketing

4.6%

Computer Science

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Graphic Communications

2.1%

Advertising

2.1%

Digital Media

1.8%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.8%

Public Relations

1.8%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.8%

Entertainment Business

1.6%

Journalism

1.6%

English

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.2%

Masters

19.3%

Other

17.8%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Media Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Multi-Media Designer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2016 $91,086
Multi-Media Designer/Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 04, 2010 $80,000
Senior Media Designer Spinmedia New York, NY Jun 12, 2013 $76,544
Senior Media Designer, Mobile Applications Uptown Vibe Holdings, LLC New York, NY Oct 15, 2012 $75,000
Senior Media Designer Spinmedia New York, NY May 27, 2013 $75,000
Senior Media Designer Marketgrader.Com Corp. Coral Gables, FL Oct 01, 2011 $66,000
Interactive Media Designer Nova Engineering Ltd. Billerica, MA May 15, 2015 $65,000
Multi-Media Designer/Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2009 $65,000
Associate Interactive Media Designer Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Sep 10, 2014 $65,000 -
$75,000
Multi-Media Art Designer Seoul Broadcasting System Co. Ltd. Los Angeles, CA Mar 15, 2013 $62,714
Motion Media Designer Quietfx, LLC New York, NY Jun 17, 2015 $62,500
Motion Media Designer Quietfx, LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $62,500
Media Designer Just Energy Us Corp. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $62,200
Interactive Media Designer Nova Engineering Ltd. Billerica, MA Mar 18, 2016 $60,882
Senior Multi Media Designer ABC Imaging of Washington Kansas City, MO Jul 21, 2016 $55,182
Creative Media Designer Cybis Communications Corporation Orlando, FL Feb 01, 2015 $55,120 -
$56,000
Media Designer Monster Worldwide, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 10, 2010 $55,000 -
$60,000
Senior Media Designer Blackbook Media Corp. New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $55,000
Multi-Media Artist and Designer Drumbeat Digital, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $55,000
Cross Media Designer Print International New York, NY Dec 21, 2009 $52,175
Multi Media Designer Davis ELEN Advertising, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 11, 2013 $50,000 -
$65,000
Multi Media Designer Adamericas, LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2013 $50,000 -
$65,000
Media Designer McKenzie Holland Inc. Orange, CA Jan 05, 2016 $45,000 -
$65,000
Media Designer Scad Group, Inc. Savannah, GA May 24, 2010 $45,000
Dynamic Media Designer The Big Studio, LLC Shrewsbury, MA Sep 29, 2012 $45,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management LLC Philadelphia, PA Feb 03, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management LLC Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Media Designer Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA Nov 19, 2014 $45,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management, LLC Philadelphia, PA Mar 04, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Multi-Media Artist and Designer BNT, LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 30, 2012 $44,474

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Top Skills for A Media Designer

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Top Media Designer Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. Video Production
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and maintain the company website including photographs of all new and used vehicle inventory.
  • Provided craft services for film and video production shoots.
  • Designed brochures, posters and info graphics using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
  • Created online rich media advertising building interactive Flash banners for marketing campaigns.
  • Edited online content for Artist's media publishing.

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