Michigan Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Michigan

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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 be employed by small and large companies; printing and publishing services; or advertising and design firms. They may also work for magazines and newspapers.

Graphic Design Schools in Michigan

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. Most schools require students to successfully complete a year of basic art and design classes before entry into a bachelor's degree program. As a student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques 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. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. Whether online or campus-based, Michigan graphic design schools can help you gain the education and training you need to become a successful graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Michigan

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 5,050 graphic designers in the state of Michigan. To join them, enroll in one of the following graphic design schools in Michigan. As of May 2009 (latest available data), graphic designers earned an hourly median wage of $19.00 or $39,530 annually. You'll find the most graphic designers in the Detroit metropolitan area, the Warren area and Grand Rapids-Wyoming area.

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Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Michigan

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Holland
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Saginaw, Kalamazoo and Lansing
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Warren, Detroit and Grand Rapids

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Michigan

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Warren, Ann Arbor and Detroit

Schools for Graphic Designers in Michigan are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Michigan

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More Michigan Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Andrews University Berrien Springs Doctorate & First Professional 3,221
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant Doctorate 26,611
College for Creative Studies Detroit Bachelor 1,307
Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills Masters 144
Delta College University Center Associate 10,406
Ferris State University Big Rapids Doctorate 13,087
Gogebic Community College Ironwood Associate 975
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn Associate 13,983
Josephs College of Beauty Jackson Associate 6,173
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo Associate 11,113
Kellogg Community College Battle Creek Associate 5,553
Kirtland Community College Roscommon Associate 1,897
Lansing Community College Lansing Associate 19,465
Madonna University Livonia Doctorate 4,019
Marygrove College Detroit Masters 2,756
Mid Michigan Community College Harrison Associate 3,918
Monroe County Community College Monroe Associate 4,433
Mott Community College Flint Associate 10,455
Muskegon Community College Muskegon Associate 4,711
North Central Michigan College Petoskey Associate 2,770
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills Associate 24,532
Saginaw Valley State University University Center Masters 9,662
Schoolcraft College Livonia Associate 12,148
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor Masters 3,965
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Doctorate 41,042
University of Michigan-Flint Flint Doctorate 6,883
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor Associate 12,068
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo Doctorate 24,433

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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


Ann Arbor 330 $48150 1.06
Battle Creek 50 $36180 0.66
Bay City 40 $28020 0.67
Flint 120 $41430 0.59
Grand Rapids 810 $41060 1.05
Wyoming 810 $41060 1.05
Jackson 30 $44970 0.39
Detroit 2840 $48820 1.01
Warren 2840 $48820 1.01
Dearborn 2840 $48820 1.01
Saginaw 80 $37790 0.67
Lansing 370 $42130 1.21
East Lansing 370 $42130 1.21
Kalamazoo 260 $43170 1.27
Portage 260 $43170 1.27
Midland 40 $39080 0.68
Muskegon 80 $43240 0.87
Niles 90 $44340 0.97
Benton Harbor 90 $44340 0.97
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