Graphic Designer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay rates for graphic designers depend on their experience, skill and employer.

  • A graduate graphic designer usually earns $32,000 to $50,000 a year.
  • Intermediate graphic designers with three to five years' experience usually earn between $45,000 and $65,000.
  • Senior graphic designers with more than five years' experience may earn $65,000 to $85,000.
  • Source : Careers New Zealand research, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Graphic designers may do some or all of the following :

  • discuss and analyse the requirements and purpose of the project with their client
  • discuss how to approach the project with colleagues
  • develop design ideas by researching and brainstorming with colleagues
  • prepare sketches, instructions and layout diagrams
  • suggest production methods, materials and costs
  • show design ideas to the client
  • receive client feedback and alter the design accordingly.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Graphic designers need to have :

  • knowledge of art materials and techniques
  • the ability to use colour and design effectively
  • expertise in printing and production methods
  • knowledge of advertising and marketing, and how people think and react to visual images
  • awareness of current market trends
  • artistic ability, including good sketching, drawing and painting skills
  • the ability to use computed-aided design (CAD) software
  • ability to use digital technology to aid in the creative / presentation process
  • the ability to understand clients' needs and turn them into suitable designs.
  • Graphic designers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
  • usually work in offices and studios, but may also work from home or travel locally to attend photo shoots
  • work in conditions that may be stressful due to deadlines.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a graphic designer, you usually need a tertiary qualification in graphic design, media arts or visual communication.

    You also usually require a portfolio of work to show prospective employers.

    Secondary education

    Four years of secondary education, to NCEA Level 2, is preferred. Useful subjects include art, art history, design, technical drawing, photography, English and maths.

    Personal requirements

    Graphic designers need to be :

  • creative
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to accept criticism
  • able to work well under pressure
  • problem-solvers
  • good at communicating, and able to work well in a team.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for graphic designers includes :

  • art or design work or courses
  • advertising or marketing work
  • publishing or printing work
  • media production work
  • typographic work (for example, working with type, font and page layout).
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