Ohio Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Ohio

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Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. 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 may work for corporate businesses, design firms or media companies of all sizes. They may also work for newspapers, magazines or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Ohio

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. Many graphic artists may find it helpful to take additional courses in writing, psychology, marketing, foreign languages and business. However, formal education is not the only thing you'll need--graphic designers must also be creative, have an eye for detail and excellent communication and problem solving skills. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Ohio graphic design schools is the first step to becoming a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Ohio

Between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent. Those with animation and website design experience will be the most in demand. There are more than 7,600 graphic designers in the state of Ohio. Earning your degree from one of the many Ohio graphic design schools can help you become one of them. BLS data from May 2009 (latest available data), shows that graphic designers in Ohio made $18.88 an hour (median hourly wage), which equates to $39,260 annually. In addition, they tend to migrate towards Columbus, the Cleveland area and Dayton, were job opportunities are more common. Graphic designers in Springfield, Columbus and the Cleveland area earned the highest annual median salary.

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

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Ohio

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Cincinnati, Akron and Columbus
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Youngstown, Springfield and Mansfield
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Ohio

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Cincinnati, Springfield and Columbus

Schools for Graphic Designers in Ohio are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Ohio

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More Ohio Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati Masters 144
Ashland University Ashland Doctorate 6,493
Belmont Technical College Saint Clairsville Associate 1,742
Bowling Green State University-Firelands Huron Bachelor 2,065
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Bowling Green Doctorate 18,619
Cedarville University Cedarville Masters 3,055
Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland Bachelor 485
College of Mount St. Joseph Cincinnati Doctorate 2,282
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland Associate 24,563
Davis College Toledo Toledo Associate 484
Defiance College Defiance Masters 973
Edison State Community College Piqua Associate 3,025
Lakeland Community College Kirtland Associate 8,934
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon Masters 2,675
Northwest State Community College Archbold Associate 2,944
Notre Dame College Cleveland Masters 1,490
Ohio Dominican University Columbus Masters 3,082
Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus Doctorate 52,568
Ohio University-Main Campus Athens Doctorate 21,089
University of Akron Main Campus Akron Doctorate & First Professional 23,007
University of Dayton Dayton Doctorate 10,395
Ursuline College Pepper Pike Masters 1,550
Youngstown State University Youngstown Doctorate 13,595

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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


Akron 620 $41490 1.28
Canton 180 $36630 0.73
Massillon 180 $36630 0.73
Cleveland 1450 $40440 0.96
Elyria 1450 $40440 0.96
Columbus 1710 $50410 1.15
Dayton 600 $44940 1.11
Lima 50 $27420 0.69
Mansfield 50 $37700 0.7
Springfield 30 $38690 0.44
Toledo 350 $38570 0.8
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