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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. Graphic designers can have a typical 9 to 5 job or can work on a contract, or job, basis as consultants or freelance designers. They can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Minnesota

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. 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. 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. There are many graphic design schools in Minnesota--both online and campus-based--that can teach you everything you need to know to become a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Minnesota

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). As projects for interactive media--such as websites and mobile phones--continue to grow, those who have experience in website design and animation will be able to find better employment opportunities. With more than 5,300 graphic designers in the state, Minnesota graphic design schools are the perfect place to start your career as a graphic designer. In Minnesota, graphic designers earned an hourly median wage of $20.47, or $42,580 annually, in May 2009 (latest available data). Although there are opportunities throughout the state, graphic designers are concentrated in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, the Fargo ND-MN area and St. Cloud. Those in Rochester, the Minneapolis area and St. Cloud 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 Minnesota graphic design schools will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Minnesota

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Minneapolis and Rochester
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Duluth and St. Cloud
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Minneapolis and Duluth

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Minnesota

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Rochester and Minneapolis

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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Game Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Game Art, 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
Programs
  • Graphic Arts (AAS)
  • Graphic Arts (BS)
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design (BS)
  • Students are issued a new laptop at the beginning of their programs.
  • All online services and study materials are available 24/7, with faculty available five days a week.
  • All programs available online, with the MBA program offered on campus in Salt Lake City.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2010.

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More Minnesota 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
Saint Paul
Bachelor
178
Moorhead
Masters
2,811
Rosemount
Associate
2,864
Brooklyn Park
Associate
5,582
Virginia
Associate
1,411
Minneapolis
Masters
789
Minneapolis
Associate
9,188
Fergus Falls
Associate
6,164
Brooklyn Park
Associate
6,448
Thief River Falls
Associate
4,027
Austin
Associate
3,687
Rochester
Associate
5,898
Saint Cloud
Associate
3,909
Winona
Doctorate
5,960
Saint Paul
Associate
4,990
Minneapolis
Doctorate & First Professional
50,883

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Minnesota. 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
St. Cloud 130 $37,910
Mankato 180 $35,760
North Mankato 180 $35,760
Rochester 110 $42,200

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