Graphic Designer

Also known as Graphic Artist.
Plans, designs, develops and prepares information for publication and reproduction using text, symbols, pictures, colours and layout to achieve commercial and communication needs with particular emphasis on tailoring the message for the intended audience.
Training time 12 months - 2 years
Average pay $56,062
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 13,200

What does a Graphic Designer do?

  • determining the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders
  • undertaking research and analysing functional communication requirements
  • formulating design concepts for the subject to be communicated
  • preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations and layouts to communicate design concepts
  • negotiating design solutions with clients, management, sales and production staff
  • selecting, specifying or recommending functional and aesthetic materials and media for publication, delivery or display
  • detailing and documenting the selected design for production
  • supervising or carrying out production in the chosen media


  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film and Video Graphics Designer
  • Publication Designer

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts
Certificate IV in Design
Diploma of Graphic Design
Diploma of Product Design
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
Advanced Diploma of Interior Design