Texas Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Texas

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A graphic designer, or graphic artist, creates layouts, designs, promotional displays and other visual solutions to help their clients communicate information. Employment can vary for graphic designers as they can work regular hours at a large company or on a job basis as consultants or freelancers. Designers can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Texas

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. As a graphic design student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production. Many graphic artists may find it helpful to take additional courses in writing, psychology, marketing, foreign languages and business. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. There are many graphic design schools in Texas--both online and campus-based--that can teach you everything you need to know to become a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Texas

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). Those with animation and website design experience will be the most in demand. There are more than 10,800 graphic designers in the state of Texas. If you're interested in joining them, there are a number of graphic design schools in Texas that can help you achieve this goal. BLS data from May 2009, shows that graphic designers earned a median wage of $19.33 an hour, which equates to $40,200 annually, in Texas. The metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston and Austin-Round Rock have the most graphic designers, while those in the Austin-Round Rock area, Dallas area and San Antonio 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 Texas graphic design schools will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Texas

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Corpus Christi, McAllen and Beaumont
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Dallas, Houston and Austin

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Texas

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Dallas, San Antonio and Austin

Schools for Graphic Designers in Texas are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Texas

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More Texas Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Amarillo College Amarillo Associate 10,387
Angelina College Lufkin Associate 4,677
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch Associate 11,059
Cedar Valley College Lancaster Associate 4,834
Colin College Plano Associate 20,143
Hardin-Simmons University Abilene Doctorate 2,435
Houston Community College Houston Associate 43,518
Kilgore College Kilgore Associate 5,150
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock Masters 1,960
North Lake College Irving Associate 9,835
Saint Edward's University Austin Masters 5,317
Sam Houston State University Huntsville Doctorate 16,496
San Antonio College San Antonio Associate 19,819
Southern Methodist University Dallas Doctorate & First Professional 10,829
St Philips College San Antonio Associate 9,256
Texas A & M University-Commerce Commerce Doctorate 8,813
Texas Christian University Fort Worth Masters 8,668
Texas State Technical College Waco Waco Associate 4,210
Texas State Technical College-West Texas Sweetwater Associate 1,639
Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos Doctorate 28,121
Texas Tech University Lubbock Doctorate & First Professional 28,260
The University of Texas at Austin Austin Doctorate 50,170
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso Doctorate 20,154
Tyler Junior College Tyler Associate 8,217
University of Houston Houston Doctorate & First Professional 34,663
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton Doctorate 2,651
University of North Texas Denton Doctorate 34,710
Wade College Dallas Associate 252
West Texas A & M University Canyon Doctorate 7,502

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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


Amarillo 90 $34410 0.56
Austin 1600 $45060 1.16
Round Rock 1600 $45060 1.16
Houston 3070 $42800 0.71
The Woodlands 3070 $42800 0.71
Sugar Land 3070 $42800 0.71
Beaumont 50 $36200 0.19
Port Arthur 50 $36200 0.19
Brownsville 70 $25810 0.34
Harlingen 70 $25810 0.34
College Station 110 $44770 0.71
Bryan 110 $44770 0.71
Corpus Christi 80 $30470 0.3
Dallas 3850 $49580 0.78
Fort Worth 3850 $49580 0.78
Arlington 3850 $49580 0.78
El Paso 270 $28350 0.63
San Angelo 30 $28660 0.49
San Antonio 1050 $40950 0.74
New Braunfels 1050 $40950 0.74
Laredo 50 $22390 0.34
Longview 70 $36120 0.46
Lubbock 140 $34600 0.71
McAllen 90 $28890 0.26
Edinburg 90 $28890 0.26
Mission 90 $28890 0.26
Midland 70 $34090 0.52
Killeen 80 $36880 0.42
Temple 80 $36880 0.42
Odessa 50 $44130 0.42
Tyler 100 $36170 0.65
Waco 110 $36010 0.64
Wichita Falls 30 $39230 0.39
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