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Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. Some graphic designers work on-site at a firm or company; others are consultants or freelancers who work out-of-office on a contract basis. Designers can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Arizona

A bachelor's degree from a college, university or design school is usually required to become a graphic designer. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. Graphic design programs usually cover coursework in principles of design, studio art, commercial graphics production and printing techniques. In addition to these art and design courses, it may be helpful to take classes in psychology, foreign languages, cultural studies, marketing and business. It is important to note that graphic designers also need to have good communication and problem solving skills as they must be able to work with clients, copywriters, vendors and anyone else involved in a design project. Arizona 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 Arizona

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. To become one of the 3,260 graphic designers in Arizona, begin earning your degree from one of the following Arizona graphic design schools. As of May 2009 (latest available data), in the state of Arizona, graphic designers earned $19.94 an hour, or $41,480 annually. Opportunities for graphic designers can be found statewide, but are most common in the Phoenix area and in Tucson.

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 graphic design schools in Arizona will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Arizona

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Yuma, Kingman and Prescott
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Arizona

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff

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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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Lake Havasu City-Kingman40 $41,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale2450 $57,560
Tucson510 $45,110
Flagstaff40 $51,790
Prescott40 $39,330
Sierra Vista-Douglas30 $51,450

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