North Carolina Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in North Carolina

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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. They can have a typical 9 to 5 job or can work on a contract, or job, basis as consultants or freelance designers. Graphic artists can find employment at newspapers and magazines as well as in corporate businesses, advertising agencies, marketing companies and design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in North Carolina

A four-year degree in graphic design from a college or university is typically required for most graphic design positions. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. As a student, you'll learn principles of design, printing techniques, commercial graphics production and website design. To be an even more effective designer, you can take additional courses in art history, business, psychology, writing, marketing and cultural studies. 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. North Carolina graphic design schools offer both online and traditional campus-based programs to give you the education and skills you need to become a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in North Carolina

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. 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 5,200 graphic designers in the state, North Carolina graphic design schools are the perfect place to start your career as a graphic designer. Those in North Carolina earned an hourly median wage of $18.79, or $39,090 annually as of May 2009 (latest available data). Although there are opportunities throughout the state, graphic designers are concentrated in the metropolitan areas of Charlotte, Raleigh-Cary and Virginia Beach.

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

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in North Carolina

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Raleigh, Wilmington and Durham
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Charlotte
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro

Salaries for Graphic Designers in North Carolina

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro

Schools for Graphic Designers in North Carolina are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in North Carolina

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More North Carolina Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Appalachian State University Boone Doctorate 15,871
Campbell University Buies Creek Masters & First Professional 6,208
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte Associate 18,052
Chowan University Murfreesboro Bachelor 875
Duke University Durham Doctorate & First Professional 13,598
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City Masters 3,061
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem Associate 7,276
Lees-McRae College Banner Elk Bachelor 882
Lenoir Community College Kinston Associate 2,733
Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory Masters 1,626
Living Arts College Raleigh Associate 325
Meredith College Raleigh Masters 2,202
North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro Doctorate 10,498
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh Doctorate & First Professional 31,802
Peace College Raleigh Bachelor 692
Piedmont Community College Roxboro Associate 2,575
Pitt Community College Winterville Associate 6,499
Stanly Community College Albemarle Associate 2,390
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh Associate 12,238

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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

North Carolina

Asheville 220 $37680 0.83
Fayetteville 110 $37530 0.6
Greensboro 700 $46230 1.32
High Point 700 $46230 1.32
Greenville 90 $46610 0.8
Hickory 190 $34050 0.89
Lenoir 190 $34050 0.89
Morganton 190 $34050 0.89
Jacksonville 40 $29060 0.57
Burlington 80 $38110 0.96
Durham 610 $45210 1.42
Chapel Hill 610 $45210 1.42
Raleigh 870 $46320 1.03
New Bern 30 $39190 0.47
Wilmington 160 $41080 0.87
Winston 410 $51820 1.06
Salem 410 $51820 1.06
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