New York Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in New York

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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. Graphic designers can be full-time employees who work regular hours at a company or they can work on a contract basis as consultants and freelance designers. They can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in New York

To become a graphic designer, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design or fine arts from a college, university or private design school. Associate degrees and certificates in graphic design are also available from 2-year and 3-year programs, but are usually for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field and wish to learn the technical aspects of 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. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many graphic design schools in New York is a great way to start your career as a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in New York

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of graphic designers is expected to increase 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Those 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 almost 20,000 graphic designers in the state of New York. Earning a degree from one of the many New York graphic design schools can help you become one of them. BLS data from May 2009, shows that graphic designers in New York earned a median wage of $24.79 an hour, which equates to $51,570 per year. Although there are opportunities throughout the state, graphic designers are concentrated in the New York-North New Jersey area, Nassau-Suffolk area and Rochester where jobs are most common.

If you're interested in this creative and rewarding job, get more information from one of the following New York graphic design schools listed below.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in New York

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: New York, Rochester and Kingston
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Utica, Glens Falls and Poughkeepsie
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: New York, Nassau and Rochester

Salaries for Graphic Designers in New York

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: New York, Nassau and Albany

Schools for Graphic Designers in New York are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in New York

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More New York Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
CUNY Bronx Community College Bronx Associate 9,003
CUNY Lehman College Bronx Masters 10,922
CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn Bachelor 13,502
CUNY Queens College Flushing Masters 18,728
Cazenovia College Cazenovia Bachelor 1,084
Daemen College Amherst Doctorate 2,511
Fashion Institute of Technology New York Masters 9,938
Laboratory Institute of Merchandising New York Bachelor 1,107
Long Island University-C W Post Campus Brookville Doctorate 8,361
Long Island University-Riverhead Riverhead Masters 215
Marist College Poughkeepsie Masters 5,727
Mildred Elley School Albany Associate 396
Pratt Institute-Main Brooklyn Masters 4,830
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester Doctorate 14,849
SUNY College at Buffalo Buffalo Masters 10,993
Sage College of Albany Albany Doctorate 1,987
Saint Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill Masters 2,238
School of Visual Arts New York Masters 3,946
St. John's University-New York Queens Doctorate 20,096
The New School New York Doctorate 9,659
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Flushing Masters 1,068

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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

New York

Albany 500 $50650 0.77
Schenectady 500 $50650 0.77
Troy 500 $50650 0.77
Glens Falls 50 $42710 0.64
Ithaca 90 $51290 1.26
Buffalo 650 $41550 0.81
Cheektowaga 650 $41550 0.81
Niagara Falls 650 $41550 0.81
Binghamton 120 $40780 0.77
Elmira 50 $37660 0.91
Kingston 60 $39840 0.66
Rochester 780 $43740 1.04
Syracuse 380 $37580 0.85
Utica 120 $34840 0.66
Rome 120 $34840 0.66
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