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A graphic designer, also called a graphic artist, communicates ideas visually by creating effective and appealing web pages, illustrations, marketing campaigns and other print and media art. Some graphic designers work on-site at a firm or company; others are consultants or freelancers who work out-of-office on a contract basis. Designers may work for corporate businesses, design firms or media companies of all sizes. They may also work at newspapers, magazines or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Connecticut

A four-year degree in graphic design from a college or university is typically required for most graphic design positions. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. Graphic design coursework often includes, but is not limited to, studio art, website design, printing techniques, computerized design and commercial graphics production. To be an even more effective designer, you can take additional courses in art history, business, psychology, writing, marketing and cultural studies. Graphic designers also need to have good communication and problem solving skills as they must be able to work with clients, copywriters, vendors and anyone else involved in a design project. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Connecticut graphic design schools is the first step to becoming a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Connecticut

As the demand for graphic designers continues to increase, employment should grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Designers with a background in website design or animation will see an increased demand for their services as more clients and companies move towards interactive media. With more than 2,500 graphic designers in the state, Connecticut graphic design schools are the perfect place to start your career as a graphic designer. As of May 2009, BLS states that graphic artists earned an hourly median wage of $24.72, or $51,410 a year in Connecticut. Opportunities for graphic designers can be found statewide, but are most common in the Bridgeport area, the Springfield MA-CT area and New Haven.

Whether you want to work for a big advertising company, start your own design firm or do part-time freelance work, earning a degree from one of the following Connecticut graphic design schools will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Connecticut

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Bridgeport, New Haven and Danbury
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Waterbury, Norwich and Hartford
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Connecticut

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Bridgeport, Danbury and New Haven

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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Web Design and Development, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
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  • BS - Graphics Multimedia and Web Design
  • AS - Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical university offering over 50 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs. As a leader in technical career education in southern New England, New England Institute of Technology (also known as New England Tech or NEIT) is committed to providing hands-on technological programs that prepare graduates for positions of leadership in the technical, industrial, business, and allied health communities. Most of our associate degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor’s degree programs in as little as three years. Last year, over 3,000 students chose New England Tech for the hands-on laboratory and classroom training that provides the necessary skills to begin their technical careers.

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  • Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Media Arts with concentration in 3-D
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts with concentration in Web Design
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More Connecticut 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
Hartford
Associate
3,726
New Britain
Doctorate
12,106
Winsted
Associate
1,632
Norwalk
Associate
6,231
Bridgeport
Doctorate & First Professional
4,752
West Hartford
Doctorate
7,290

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Connecticut. 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
Bridgeport 760 $61,520
Stamford 760 $61,520
Norwalk 760 $61,520
Danbury 140 $40,760
Hartford 670 $54,260
West Hartford 670 $54,260
East Hartford 670 $54,260
New Haven 420 $52,890
Waterbury 50 $47,160

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