What can you do with a degree in graphic design?

With careers in graphic design expected to increase by 3% in the next 10 years, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, choosing to pursue a degree in graphic design might be the right choice for you. Graphic design may seem like a highly specific field, but it can set you up for success in many different careers. So, let’s explore the question – what can you do with a degree in graphic design?

In no specific order, here are 10 career options for graphic designers: 

  • Motion graphics designer 
  • Environmental designer
  • Front-end web designer
  • Package design
  • Advertising
  • Social media designer
  • Logo or brand manager
  • Type designer
  • Publication designer
  • User experience and user interaction designer (UX/UI)

While the roles and responsibilities of a designer can vary based on specialty, there are three main paths a graphic designer can take.

 1. Agency designer or art director
An agency is an exciting setting because the majority of your team will also be designers with a similar education. Your main differences will be speciality and level of experience. In an agency, the roles are split up between junior and senior designers, and art directors. 
 
2. In-house graphic designer 
In-house design is a fulfilling career option because many different companies and businesses require in-house designers. This path allows you the opportunity to design for a company or industry that you are passionate about. Non-profit, technology, fashion, food service companies, and many more, hire in-house designers to act as a jack-of-all-trades on their team.
 
3. Self-employed business owner
Last but not least, you can be an entrepreneur or your own boss! As a graphic design entrepreneur, you pick your specialization, projects and clients. However, it is wise to start with a broad specialization as an entrepreneur to ensure you have a steady income when you start your business.
 
Our graphic design program at RMCAD prepares students for a career in any and all fields in graphic design. As one of our students, you will choose from diverse electives to tailor your degree to the specific career you are interested in pursuing. Check out the RMCAD Graphic Design Course List to begin selecting the studio courses you’d like to explore! 
 
Along with electives, you also have the unique opportunity to choose your internship experiences. As part of the graphic design program, you will complete two 80-hour internships to help you gain professional experience and learn more about the design field. The majority of our students choose internships at design firms or agencies, but there are many options available in this multifaceted career in technology. Please contact RMCAD Admissions for more details! 
 
 
We hope you consider RMCAD for your degree. Check out the full list of our academic programs to view all the awesome opportunities that begin at RMCAD!