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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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More Arizona Graphic Design Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Tempe
Doctorate
51,869
Flagstaff
Doctorate
30,361
Scottsdale
Doctorate
26,200
Tucson
Associates
24,956
Mesa
Associates
20,508
Glendale
Associates
19,000
Tempe
Associates
18,636
Phoenix
Associates
11,508
Scottsdale
Associates
9,551
Yuma
Associates
7,569
Prescott
Associates
7,282
Thatcher
Associates
6,423
Mesa
Doctorate
4,380
Kingman
Associates
4,230
Holbrook
Associates
3,044
Phoenix
Bachelors
899
Tempe
Masters
694
Tucson
Bachelors
176
Tucson
Bachelors
171
Tucson
Masters
136
Tempe
Associates
114

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arizona. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Lake Havasu City-Kingman30 $40,300
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale2380 $47,220
Prescott50 $37,340
Tucson400 $48,460
Flagstaff40 $42,070

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