Massachusetts Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts

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Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. 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. Graphic designers can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Massachusetts

A four-year degree in graphic design from a college or university is typically required for most graphic design positions. 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. As a student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production. Some designers may find it helpful to take additional courses in psychology, writing, marketing, business and foreign languages. It is important to note that graphic designers must also be creative and have the ability to showcase their ideas to clients or art directors. Whether online or campus-based, Massachusetts graphic design schools can help you gain the education and training you need to become a successful graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Massachusetts

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 design experience will be the most in demand. With more than 5,400 graphic designers in the state, Massachusetts graphic design schools are the perfect place to start your career as a graphic designer. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, Massachusetts graphic designers earned a median salary of $48,140 a year. In addition, the 10th percentile earned a median salary of $30,760 a year while the 90th percentile earned $77,450 a year. Graphic designers tend to migrate towards the Boston-Cambridge area, were job opportunities are most common.

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

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Framingham, Boston and Pittsfield
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Leominster, New Bedford and Worcester
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Boston, Springfield and Framingham

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Framingham, Lowell and Springfield

Schools for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Massachusetts

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More Massachusetts Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Anna Maria College Paxton Masters 1,244
Assumption College Worcester Masters 2,872
Bard College at Simon's Rock Great Barrington Bachelor 403
Bay State College Boston Bachelor 354
Becker College Worcester Bachelor 1,800
Boston University Boston Doctorate & First Professional 32,053
Bridgewater State College Bridgewater Masters 9,934
Bunker Hill Community College Boston Associate 8,806
Curry College Milton Masters 3,182
Emerson College Boston Doctorate 4,380
Emmanuel College Boston Boston Masters 2,467
Endicott College Beverly Masters 3,710
Fitchburg State College Fitchburg Masters 6,692
Greenfield Community College Greenfield Associate 2,236
Lasell College Newton Masters 1,403
Lesley University Cambridge Doctorate 7,003
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston Masters 2,312
Massasoit Community College Brockton Associate 7,064
Montserrat College of Art Beverly Bachelor 285
Mount Ida College Newton Bachelor 1,429
Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner Associate 4,147
Newbury College-Brookline Brookline Bachelor 1,202
North Shore Community College Danvers Associate 7,107
Northeastern University Boston Doctorate & First Professional 24,434
Northern Essex Community College Haverhill Associate 6,526
Quinsigamond Community College Worcester Associate 6,654
School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston Boston Masters 797
Simmons College Boston Doctorate 4,733
Springfield Technical Community College Springfield Associate 6,074
Suffolk University Boston Doctorate 9,103
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth North Dartmouth Doctorate 9,080

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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


Leominster 0 $31980 0
Gardner 0 $31980 0
New Bedford 60 $47100 0.63
Pittsfield 110 $37320 1.84
Barnstable Town 70 $42250 0.49
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