How to become a junior creative: Aaron's story

Meet Aaron and find out about his life as a junior creative at Music Agency. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

  • Aaron went to design college, CCAD - Cleveland College of Art and Design in Middlesbrough, to do an Illustration and Graphic Design course. Alongside his studies, Aaron started doing freelance work for friends’ bands

  • After college, Aaron went to The Manchester School of Art, at Manchester Metropolitan University, to study Graphic Design

  • In his second year of university, he got an internship at Topman in London working with a design team on international campaigns

  • According to Aaron, the most important skills for a junior creative role are creativity, communication and understanding the client.

Aaron is a junior creative. Whilst this role differs from a graphic designer, Graphic Design qualifications could help you land a junior creative role.

What to expect if you want to be a graphic designer

  • Graphic designer salary: £16,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Graphic designer working hours: 37 to 40 hours per week.

What qualifications do you need to be a graphic designer?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need a Foundation Studies Diploma in Art and Design or one to two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree and two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree or higher national diploma in related subjects like Illustration or Graphic Design.
    You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship with five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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