Macleans College Careers Department – Career Information Sheet March 2008
Tasks & duties Pay and prospects How to enter the job
Graphic designers Pay Personal qualities: Tertiary Education
may do some or all of Salaries vary, but Graphic designers need To become a graphic
Designer the following:
• discuss requirements
graphic designers usually
earn between $30,000
to be motivated, creative
and accurate, with an
designer you need to
have a tertiary
of the project with and $75,000 per year eye for detail. They also qualification in graphic
Graphic designers create
their client depending on need to be able to accept design, media arts or
artwork, such as logos,
• analyse the purpose of experience, ability, and criticism, work well under visual communication.
packaging, advertising or
the project the region they work in. pressure and be open to You are also required to
posters, for the promotion
• discuss how to learning new skills. have a portfolio of work.
or development of goods, Career progression:
approach the project
services and ideas. They Some graphic designers Entry Requirements:
with colleagues Physical requirements:
may also design artwork may progress to start Portfolio (& interview) +
• develop design ideas Graphic designers need
and/or layout for fabrics, their own companies. Year 12 NCEA Level 2 or
by researching and to have good hand-eye
magazines, websites and AS for Certificates and
brainstorming with Job outlook: Average co-ordination and normal
other publications, or help Diplomas.
colleagues The outlook for graphic colour vision.
to develop television Portfolio (& interview) +
• prepare sketches, designers is average and Need to avoid
advertisements. Year 13 NCEA Level 3 or
instructions and layout the number of people Occupational Overuse
AS / A Levels University
diagrams employed in this Syndrome (OOS).
Related jobs: Entrance for Degrees.
• suggest production occupation is expected to
methods, materials remain stable over the Secondary education: Providers include:
and costs next two to three years. At least four years of AUT
• show design ideas to secondary education is www.aut.ac.nz
Industrial Designer Competitive Entry:
the client preferred.
Interior Designer An increase in the Auckland University
• receive client feedback
Photographer number of design www.auckland.ac.nz
and alter the design Useful subjects include:
Screen Printer courses and design
accordingly. • Art MIT
Signmaker graduates over recent
• Art Design Manukau School of
years means competition
• Art History Visual Arts
for positions is high.
• Art Painting www.manukau.ac.nz
There are few chances to
• Art Photography
enter a design company Massey University
without any prior Albany
Opportunities do exist www.massey.ac.nz
for people with no
graphic design UNITEC
experience in the www.unitec.ac.nz
Low to moderate.
This is only a brief summary. It is essential that you check detailed information available on Kiwicareers www.careers.govt.nz and other relevant websites and prospectuses.