Connecticut Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Connecticut

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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

Schools for Graphic Designers in Connecticut are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Connecticut

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More Connecticut Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Capital Community College Hartford Associate 3,726
Central Connecticut State University New Britain Doctorate 12,106
Northwestern Connecticut Community College Winsted Associate 1,632
Norwalk Community College Norwalk Associate 6,231
University of Bridgeport Bridgeport Doctorate & First Professional 4,752
University of Hartford 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, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Hartford 750 $44760 0.88
West Hartford 750 $44760 0.88
East Hartford 750 $44760 0.88
New Haven 290 $51680 0.69
Waterbury 40 $44160 0.4
Bridgeport 740 $58670 1.2
Stamford 740 $58670 1.2
Norwalk 740 $58670 1.2
Danbury 140 $38080 1.18
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