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Become A Motion Graphics Designer

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Working As A Motion Graphics Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $63,477

    Average Salary

What Does A Motion Graphics 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.


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 Motion Graphics 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.


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.


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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Motion Graphics Designer Career Paths

Motion Graphics Designer
Web Graphic Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Art Director Instructor Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Art Director Design Director
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Motion Graphics Artist Creative Director
Creative Director & Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Director Senior Art Director
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Multimedia Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Motion Graphics Artist Visual Artist Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative/Art Director
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Design Consultant Design Manager
Design Director
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Communications Manager Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director
Freelance Art Director
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Production Manager Art Director
Graphics Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Producer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Video Editor Producer Media Consultant
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Engineer Production Manager
Production Director
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Manager Creative Director
Senior Designer/Art Director
6 Yearsyrs
Multimedia Designer Creative Director Graphic Design Consultant
Senior Graphic Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Writer And Editor Editor & Producer
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Post-Production Supervisor Video Editor
Senior Video Editor
5 Yearsyrs
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Motion Graphics Designer Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Korean

  • Arabic

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Real Motion Graphics Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Editor/Motion Graphics Designer The Ant Farm, LLC Los Angeles, CA Mar 31, 2016 $133,100
Motion Graphics Designer Light of Day FX, LLC New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $113,000
Editor/Motion Graphics Designer The Ant Farm, LLC Los Angeles, CA May 21, 2014 $110,000
Motion Graphics Design Director AKQA, Inc. New York, NY Aug 14, 2014 $103,000 -
Editor/Motion Graphics Designer Ant Farm, LLC Los Angeles, CA May 21, 2012 $100,000
Motion Designer Google Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $97,000
Motion Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 06, 2014 $94,000
Motion Graphic Designer Match Creative Talent Los Angeles, CA Sep 26, 2011 $93,915
Motion Graphic Designer Dimassimo Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2016 $90,000 -
Motion Graphic Designer Entravision Communications Corporation Los Angeles, CA Jul 09, 2016 $90,000
Motion Graphic Designer Inflection.Com, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 15, 2016 $90,000
Motion Graphics Designer Bigstar Motion Design, Inc. New York, NY Aug 14, 2016 $62,000
Motion Graphics Designer Bigstar Motion Design, Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2016 $62,000
Motion Graphic Designer Transparent House Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $61,235 -
Motion Graphics Designer R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Feb 08, 2015 $61,000 -
Motion Graphics Designer Technicolor Creative Services USA, Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $60,008
Motion Graphics Designer Twin Town Events, Inc. Eagan, MN Sep 03, 2015 $60,000
Motion Graphics Designer The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Manhattan Beach, CA Sep 01, 2014 $60,000 -
Motion Graphics Designer R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Feb 07, 2012 $60,000 -
Motion Graphics Designer ICA Communications Arts, LLC San Juan Capistrano, CA Jan 08, 2016 $51,480
Senior Motion Graphics Designer HSN, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Feb 26, 2016 $50,274 -
Motion Graphic Designer Laundry Design LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 17, 2015 $50,025
Senior Motion Graphics Designer Center Line Productions Inc. Raleigh, NC Aug 20, 2014 $50,000 -
Motion Graphics Designer Great Healthworks, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 13, 2014 $50,000
Motion Graphic Design Artist Laundry Design LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 14, 2016 $50,000
Motion Graphics Designer The Univision Network Limited Partnership Miami, FL Jan 09, 2016 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Motion Graphics Designer


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Top Motion Graphics Designer Skills

  1. Motion Graphic Projects
  2. Web Series
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare design plan, concept and layout for motion graphic projects.
  • Create motion graphics and visual effect shots for an upcoming web series.
  • Created motion graphic introductions, primarily displayed before public speeches using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance the motion graphics.
  • Conceptualized and produced graphics for, The World of Color, at Disney's California Adventure Theme Park.
  • Managed to edit, animate and work with audio and visual effects all on a desktop computer in a foreign language.

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