Virginia Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Virginia

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Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. 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. Graphic designers can be employed by small and large companies; printing and publishing services; or advertising and design firms. They may also work for magazines and newspapers.

Graphic Design Schools in Virginia

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 certifications are also available, but these graduates usually qualify as assistants to graphic designers or for positions that require technical skills only. Coursework in graphic design may include studio art, website design, commercial graphics production, computer artwork and drawing. Many graphic artists may find it helpful to take additional courses in writing, psychology, marketing, foreign languages and business. 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. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Virginia graphic design schools is a great way to start your career as a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Virginia

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Many new interactive media jobs will be created, making designers with animation and website design expertise more favorable. There are more than 5,000 graphic designers in the state of Virginia. If you're interested in joining them, earn your degree from one of the many graphic design schools in Virginia. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, Virginia graphic designers earned a median salary of $48,220 a year. In addition, the 10th percentile earned a median salary of $28,690 per year, while the 90th percentile earned $81,980 per year. Although there are opportunities throughout the state, graphic designers are concentrated in Richmond, Roanoke and Charlottesville. These three cities are also where graphic designers earned the highest annual median salary.

Browse the list of graphic design schools in Virginia below and get started on your path to becoming a graphic artist today.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Virginia

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Charlottesville, Richmond and Roanoke
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Lynchburg, Winchester and Harrisonburg
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Richmond, Virginia Beach and Charlottesville

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Virginia

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Richmond, Charlottesville and Virginia Beach

Schools for Graphic Designers in Virginia are listed below.

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More Virginia Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Central Virginia Community College Lynchburg Associate 4,926
Danville Community College Danville Associate 4,016
Emory and Henry College Emory Masters 1,026
Germanna Community College Locust Grove Associate 5,899
Marymount University Arlington Doctorate 3,609
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Associate 41,266
Patrick Henry Community College Martinsville Associate 2,948
Radford University Radford Doctorate 9,122
Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton Associate 9,368
Tidewater Community College Norfolk Associate 25,857
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond Doctorate & First Professional 31,700
Virginia Intermont College Bristol Bachelor 224
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke Associate 8,653

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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


Blacksburg 70 $39310 0.69
Christiansburg 70 $39310 0.69
Radford 70 $39310 0.69
Harrisonburg 80 $38260 0.94
Charlottesville 200 $46100 1.29
Richmond 830 $48290 0.9
Roanoke 130 $43320 0.58
Lynchburg 0 $37490 0
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