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Graphic designers, also known as graphic artists, use a variety of visual elements to promote or enhance a product, brand or company. They can have a typical 9 to 5 job or can work on a contract, or job, basis as consultants or freelance designers. Graphic artists 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 Georgia

To become a graphic designer, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design or fine arts from a college, university or private design school. Associate degrees and certificates are also offered at 2-year and 3-year professional schools, but usually result in assistant positions or roles that require technical skills only. As a graphic design student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production. 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. It is important to note that graphic artists must also be creative and have the ability to showcase their ideas to clients or art directors. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Georgia graphic design schools is the first step to becoming a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Georgia

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for graphic designers should increase and employment is expected to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Those with animation and website expertise will be preferred as the demand for interactive media projects increases. There are 5,440 graphic designers in the state of Georgia. To join them, enroll in one of the following Georgia graphic design schools. In May 2009, designers in Georgia earned an hourly median wage of $20.96, or $43,590 per year, according to the BLS. Opportunities for graphic designers can be found statewide, but are most common in the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Chattanooga TN-GA and Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC.

Check out the list of Georgia graphic design schools to find a location that's most convenient for you.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Georgia

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Athens, Dalton and Atlanta
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Macon, Albany and Valdosta
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Atlanta, Augusta and Athens

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Georgia

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Dalton, Atlanta and Brunswick

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  • Graphic & Web Design (BFA)
  • Web Design (D)
  • Graphic & Web Design (AA)
  • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Game Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Campus-based and online degrees include Computer Animation (BS), Digital Arts and Design (BS), Graphic Design (BS), and more
  • Students take ongoing portfolio courses that allow them to build and refine their design portfolio
  • Courses teach skills such as advertising, branding, visual messaging, and concept design
  • Curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement
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  • Graphic Arts (AAS)
  • Graphic Arts (BS)
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design (BS)
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More Georgia 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
Augusta
Associate
4,516
Gainesville
Masters
2,883
Macon
Associate
5,233
Lawrenceville
Associate
4,789
Acworth
Associate
2,222
Waleska
Masters
1,028
Sandersville
Associate
776
Savannah
Masters
8,966
LaGrange
Associate
1,755

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Georgia. 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
Athens 140 $37,120
Clarke County 140 $37,120
Atlanta 4880 $50,240
Sandy Springs 4880 $50,240
Roswell 4880 $50,240
Brunswick 40 $41,800
Dalton 100 $44,630
Gainesville 70 $45,030
Macon 110 $38,040
Rome 30 $
Savannah 120 $53,780
Valdosta 60 $36,120

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