Art and Design Degrees

Career summary: Graphic Designers

Average Salary


National Average, Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Outlook


7% job growth by 2022, which is below average

Earn a degree in art and design from an accredited college

Design is referred to in the context of applied arts, engineering, architecture, and other related fields. Design can be defined as the process of originating and developing a plan for a product, proposal, model, or drawing and the outcome of that final plan being implemented.



Why would I want an art and design degree?

If you have a passion for art, or if you love to create and have a visual eye for what works, an art and deisgn degree might be for you.

Job Description

What does an artist do?

With a degree in art and design you can choose many specialties. Popular careers include art directors, graphic designers, fashion designers, industrial designers, interior designers, fine artists, animators and more.


How much does an artist make?

Salary varies significanlty by career, but most designers make $40,000 – $90,000 depending on their experience and position.

Career Outlook

How popular are art and design jobs?

The change in employment of graphic designers from 2012 to 2022 is projected to vary by industry. Employment of graphic designers in newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers is projected to decline 16 percent from 2012 to 2022. However, employment of graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow 35 percent over the same period. With the increased use of the Internet, graphic designers will be needed to create designs and images for portable devices, websites, electronic publications, and video entertainment media.

Career Path

How do I become an artist?

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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