How to become a graphic designer: Ste's story

Meet Ste and find out about his life as a graphic designer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

You may have laboured over it for weeks, months - so seeing it out there, in the world, is really satisfying.

  • Ste works as a graphic designer. He's responsible for creating the visuals and bringing the ideas to life on all his projects

  • The key skills required are a good knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and being able to criticise your own work. It's important to be able to step back from your work and look at it objectively and see how you can make it better

  • The subjects that really helped Ste at school were Art and Design and Technology. Both of these subjects helped him develop the ability to think creatively and come up with fresh and new ideas

  • The best part of the job for Ste is the satisfaction of seeing his work out in the world

  • Ste's top tip for the workplace is to accept all criticism as helpful - "regardless of if it feels nice or not". Criticism helps you improve your work and look at it from angles that perhaps you hadn't approached it from before.

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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