How do I become a graphic designer?

Graphic design is the place where art and technology meet and professionals in this industry can be described as the artists of the future. Do you you have a flair for design? Find out what it takes to make it in this creative industry.

A graphic designer is not merely someone who can make things look good. These professionals are skilled at using shapes, colour and texture to enhance a product or brand. The knowledge and use of design software forms an integral part of executing this skill.

As more businesses prioritise brand image, digital marketing and visual communication graphic designers are needed to appeal to clients and business partners.

This trend has opened up employment opportunities in the graphic design industry, creating a demand for brand and content developers, logo and web designers, visual journalists, illustrators, and for the more experienced professionals, creative arts directors.

According to a junior graphic designer earns an average salary of R71,221 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Illustration and Adobe InDesign.

Would you like to purse a career in this sector? Take the first step by completing a training programme at one of these institutions:

Ctu Training Solutions
Oakfields College
College of Cape Town
Academy Training Group

Students interested in online training can check out the GetSmarter courses.

Design coursers are also offered at most universities, so contact a university close to you to find out about their training programmes.

Application requirements can vary so always check the individual course details, but to be eligible for this training learners must at least be 16 years and older, have passed grade 10 and have access to a computer and internet. Applicants must also be computer literate.

To be a great graphic designer takes talent, passion and determination. While there are certainly employment opportunities there is also a high level of competition. You can set yourself apart through continuous training and keeping abreast of the latest trends and technological advancements.