Graphic designers create the brands and images that we know, love and use in our everyday lives. From creating business cards to skateboard designs, graphic designers transform innovation and creativity into results for their clients. Graphic design is strongly linked with marketing opportunities as designing slogans and catchy adverting material is an important role of a graphic designer.
Junior graphic designer: R36 000 – R121 631
Senior graphic designer: R115,265 – R361,306
Graphic designers have many specialization areas and can choose to specialize in almost area of design. These are some of the most popular choices: logo designer, web designer, flash designer, brand identity designer, art director, illustrator, book designer, technical illustrator, animator and advertising.
Demand and Job Security:
Graphic design opportunities are expanding with the technological age as more businesses realize the benefits of investing in professional advertisers in both the physical and virtual worlds. This has increased the demand for graphic designers steadily. Depending on their specialization and portfolio, graphic designers will find employment with relative ease. As with most careers, the more talented you are, the better work you will find. Yet, this fact is stressed in the graphic design field especially as your portfolio is particularly important in determining whether you will be hired by the major design agencies.
Working hours and Environment:
The working hours are normally the standard 8:00-17:00. Yet, graphic design agencies have a reputation of encouraging a more relaxed environment in the office, on the basis of aiming to inspire creativity and a strong sense of positive team work. If you work for a major branding agency, you will also take part in the advertising shoots for the campaign as well as working with the marketing department for the company you are branding. Graphic design work depends greatly on which specific path you choose to pursue, but generally, most designers will not have strict office jobs.
How long does it take to qualify?
3-4 years depending on which institution you study through
Where can I study?
North West University, University of Johannesburg, University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, Durban University of Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Central University of Technology
Many independent design colleges also offer the course. For a list of some of the recommended colleges, click here
Funding Your Studies
The sad reality is that you have to pay for tertiary education and it is very expensive Luckily there are many options out there, read our article “Funding Your Studies” to find out all the info regarding bursaries, student loans and government grants.