Kansas Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Kansas

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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. Designers can work regular hours at a company or may work on a job basis as consultants or freelance artists. They can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Kansas

To become a graphic artist, formal education is required to enter the profession--you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design from a college or university. Associate degrees and certifications are also available, but these graduates usually qualify as assistants to graphic designers or for positions that require technical skills only. Graphic design coursework often includes, but is not limited to, studio art, website design, printing techniques, computerized design 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. However, formal education is not the only thing you'll need--graphic artists must also be creative, have an eye for detail and excellent communication and problem solving skills. There are many graphic design schools in Kansas--both online and campus-based--that can teach you everything you need to know to become a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Kansas

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. 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. There are more than 2,000 graphic designers in the state of Kansas. Earning your degree from one of the many Kansas graphic design schools can help you become one of them. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, graphic designers in Kansas earned a median salary of $37,890 a year. In addition, the 10th percentile earned a median salary of $23,040 per year while the 90th percentile earned $59,130 per year. Graphic designers tend to migrate towards the areas of Kansas City MO-KS, Wichita and Topeka, were job opportunities are more common. These three locations are also where they earned the highest annual median salary.

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 Kansas graphic design schools will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Kansas

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: and Lawrence
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: and Wichita
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: and Wichita

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Kansas

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: and Wichita

Schools for Graphic Designers in Kansas are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Kansas

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More Kansas Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Barton County Community College Great Bend Associate 3,900
Butler Community College El Dorado Associate 8,096
Colby Community College Colby Associate 1,537
Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson Associate 4,570
Johnson County Community College Overland Park Associate 18,897
McPherson College McPherson Bachelor 544
MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe Masters 1,720
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg Masters 7,087
Tabor College Hillsboro Masters 574
University of Kansas Lawrence Doctorate & First Professional 28,569

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kansas. 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


Lawrence 120 $41510 1.6
Manhattan 90 $42180 1.59
Topeka 130 $42360 0.8
Wichita 330 $38540 0.76
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