Minnesota Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Minnesota

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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

Schools for Graphic Designers in Minnesota are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Minnesota

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More Minnesota Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
College of Visual Arts Saint Paul Bachelor 178
Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead Masters 2,811
Dakota County Technical College Rosemount Associate 2,864
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Associate 5,582
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Virginia Associate 1,411
Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis Masters 789
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis Associate 9,188
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls Associate 6,164
North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park Associate 6,448
Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls Associate 4,027
Riverland Community College Austin Associate 3,687
Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester Associate 5,898
Saint Cloud Technical College Saint Cloud Associate 3,909
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Winona Doctorate 5,960
Saint Paul College Saint Paul Associate 4,990
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 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, 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


Rochester 110 $44990 0.64
St. Cloud 130 $36220 0.86
Mankato 180 $35900 2.34
North Mankato 180 $35900 2.34
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