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Graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists, help clients communicate with a target audience by planning and developing effective visual prints and electronic media. Designers can work regular hours at a company or may work on a job basis as consultants or freelance artists. They can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in California

A bachelor's degree in graphic design is typically required for most graphic design positions and is offered at many colleges and universities as well as private design schools. Most schools require students to successfully complete a year of basic art and design classes before entry into a bachelor's degree program. Graphic design programs usually cover coursework in principles of design, studio art, commercial graphics production and printing techniques. In addition to art and design classes, a liberal arts education that includes courses in marketing, writing, sociology, cultural studies and business may also be beneficial. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are crucial for the job. California graphic design schools offer both online and traditional campus-based programs to give you the education and skills you need to become a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in California

Between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent. As projects for interactive media--such as websites and mobile phones--continue to grow, those who have experience in website design and animation will be able to find better employment opportunities. To join the almost 28,000 graphic designers in California, begin earning your degree from one of the following California graphic design schools. According to BLS data from May 2009, California graphic designers earned a median hourly wage of $24.70, which equates to an mean annually salary of $51,370. You'll find the most graphic designers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Ana-Anaheim, while those in the San Jose and San Francisco areas earned the highest annual median salary.

Below is a list of graphic design schools in California to help you start you career as a graphic artist.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: San Francisco, Santa Ana and Oakland
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Bakersfield, Visalia and Stockton
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Santa Ana, San Francisco and San Diego

Salaries for Graphic Designers in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: San Francisco, San Jose and Vallejo

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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Located in Hollywood, CA, offering degrees in film, music production, business, animation and more.
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More California Graphic Design Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
San Francisco
Masters
11,334
Santa Maria
Associate
13,176
Sacramento
Associate
33,821
Lancaster
Associate
13,312
Pasadena
Masters
1,832
Bakersfield
Associate
17,405
Berkeley
Associate
5,287
Anaheim
Masters & First Professional
345
Oroville
Associate
12,228
Aptos
Associate
15,114
Oakland
Masters
1,613
Valencia
Masters
1,324
San Luis Obispo
Masters
19,777
Pomona
Masters
21,477
Chico
Masters
17,034
Sacramento
Doctorate
28,829
Redwood City
Associate
5,764
Norwalk
Associate
22,273
Ridgecrest
Associate
4,577
Hayward
Associate
13,229
Rancho Cucamonga
Associate
18,736
Orange
Doctorate
6,022
Glendora
Associate
11,467
San Francisco
Associate
46,411
Fountain Valley
Associate
9,316
Sunnyvale
Bachelor
230
Kentfield
Associate
6,476
San Mateo
Associate
10,516
Santa Clarita
Associate
17,499
Palm Desert
Associate
8,597
Eureka
Associate
6,025
Visalia
Associate
11,697
Weed
Associate
2,782
Sacramento
Associate
12,967
Yucaipa
Associate
5,382
El Cajon
Associate
9,358
Cypress
Associate
13,592
Cupertino
Associate
24,115
Pleasant Hill
Associate
19,768
San Rafael
Masters
2,125
Monterey Park
Associate
28,889
Torrance
Associate
24,895
Folsom
Associate
8,193
Los Altos Hills
Associate
18,132
Fresno
Associate
21,624
Fullerton
Associate
20,719
Gilroy
Associate
6,049
Glendale
Associate
16,827
Huntington Beach
Associate
13,354
Salinas
Associate
9,890
Irvine
Associate
9,805
South Lake Tahoe
Associate
2,576
Oakland
Associate
11,745
Susanville
Associate
1,829
Long Beach
Associate
25,536
Los Angeles
Associate
17,204
Sylmar
Associate
8,493
Woodland Hills
Associate
19,526
Valley Glen
Associate
17,264
Pittsburg
Associate
8,360
Los Angeles
Doctorate & First Professional
8,977
Ukiah
Associate
4,347
Santa Clara
Associate
8,832
Modesto
Associate
18,546
Monterey
Associate
9,238
Moorpark
Associate
14,495
San Jacinto
Associate
14,197
Walnut
Associate
29,842
Belmont
Masters
1,491
Fremont
Associate
11,083
Costa Mesa
Associate
24,424
Los Angeles
Masters
1,177
Angwin
Masters
1,363
Blythe
Associate
3,831
San Marcos
Associate
27,222
Pasadena
Associate
26,672
San Diego
Masters
3,480
Porterville
Associate
3,773
Reedley
Associate
12,158
Whittier
Associate
21,041
Riverside
Associate
30,961
Sacramento
Associate
24,596
Mission Viejo
Associate
18,371
San Bernardino
Associate
12,839
San Diego
Associate
17,013
San Diego
Associate
21,437
San Diego
Associate
10,650
San Francisco
Masters
655
Stockton
Associate
18,668
San Jose
Masters
31,906
Santa Ana
Associate
33,514
Santa Barbara
Associate
21,632
Santa Monica
Associate
28,958
Santa Rosa
Associate
25,626
Orange
Associate
14,085
Rocklin
Associate
18,859
Taft
Associate
9,328
Los Angeles
Bachelor
4,644
San Francisco
Associate
1,031
Berkeley
Doctorate & First Professional
34,940
Davis
Doctorate & First Professional
29,796
Irvine
Doctorate & First Professional
26,483
San Francisco
Doctorate & First Professional
8,714
Los Angeles
Doctorate & First Professional
33,408
Culver City
Associate
9,975
Saratoga
Associate
11,210

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Graphic Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Graphic Designers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 250 $37,080
Chico 100 $37,600
Fresno 330 $45,000
Sacramento 950 $48,810
Roseville 950 $48,810
Arden 950 $48,810
Arcade 950 $48,810
Salinas 90 $42,350
San Diego 2490 $48,000
Carlsbad 2490 $48,000
Los Angeles 13930 $53,220
Long Beach 13930 $53,220
Anaheim 13930 $53,220
Merced N/A $51,250
Modesto 120 $42,460
Napa 120 $47,250
Oxnard 460 $49,470
Thousand Oaks 460 $49,470
Ventura 460 $49,470
Redding 50 $37,630
Riverside 1410 $43,970
San Bernardino 1410 $43,970
Ontario 1410 $43,970
San Francisco 5820 $65,210
Oakland 5820 $65,210
Hayward 5820 $65,210
Stockton 150 $47,940
Lodi 150 $47,940
San Jose 1730 $72,470
Sunnyvale 1730 $72,470
Santa Clara 1730 $72,470
Vallejo 110 $51,850
Fairfield 110 $51,850
Visalia 100 $49,730
Porterville 100 $49,730
San Luis Obispo 170 $41,180
Paso Robles 170 $41,180
Arroyo Grande 170 $41,180
Santa Cruz 140 $54,290
Watsonville 140 $54,290
Santa Maria 210 $40,170
Santa Barbara 210 $40,170
Santa Rosa 330 $60,190

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