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A graphic designer, also called a graphic artist, communicates ideas visually by creating effective and appealing web pages, illustrations, marketing campaigns and other print and media art. Designers can work regular hours at a company or may work on a job basis as consultants or freelance artists. They 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 Michigan

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. Most schools require students to successfully complete a year of basic art and design classes before entry into a bachelor's degree program. As a student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production. To be an even more effective designer, you can take additional courses in art history, business, psychology, writing, marketing and cultural studies. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. Whether online or campus-based, Michigan graphic design schools can help you gain the education and training you need to become a successful graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Michigan

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Designers 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. There are 5,050 graphic designers in the state of Michigan. To join them, enroll in one of the following graphic design schools in Michigan. As of May 2009 (latest available data), graphic designers earned an hourly median wage of $19.00 or $39,530 annually. You'll find the most graphic designers in the Detroit metropolitan area, the Warren area and Grand Rapids-Wyoming area.

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Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Michigan

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Holland
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Saginaw, Kalamazoo and Lansing
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Warren, Detroit and Grand Rapids

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Michigan

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Warren, Ann Arbor and Detroit

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  • Graphic Design Associates - Web and Interactive Design Specialization
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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design
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    More Michigan Graphic Design Schools

    2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

    School Name
    Campus
    Highest Award
    Enrolled
    Berrien Springs
    Doctorate & First Professional
    3,221
    Mount Pleasant
    Doctorate
    26,611
    Detroit
    Bachelor
    1,307
    Bloomfield Hills
    Masters
    144
    University Center
    Associate
    10,406
    Big Rapids
    Doctorate
    13,087
    Ironwood
    Associate
    975
    Dearborn
    Associate
    13,983
    Jackson
    Associate
    6,173
    Kalamazoo
    Associate
    11,113
    Battle Creek
    Associate
    5,553
    Roscommon
    Associate
    1,897
    Lansing
    Associate
    19,465
    Livonia
    Doctorate
    4,019
    Detroit
    Masters
    2,756
    Harrison
    Associate
    3,918
    Monroe
    Associate
    4,433
    Flint
    Associate
    10,455
    Muskegon
    Associate
    4,711
    Petoskey
    Associate
    2,770
    Bloomfield Hills
    Associate
    24,532
    University Center
    Masters
    9,662
    Livonia
    Associate
    12,148
    Spring Arbor
    Masters
    3,965
    Ann Arbor
    Doctorate
    41,042
    Flint
    Doctorate
    6,883
    Ann Arbor
    Associate
    12,068
    Kalamazoo
    Doctorate
    24,433

    Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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

    2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

    Metro Area
    Jobs
    Annual Median Salary
    Battle Creek70$35,560
    Ann Arbor350$48,450
    Detroit-Warren-Dearborn2820$52,490
    Flint100$47,780
    Grand Rapids-Wyoming940$44,420
    Saginaw50$40,900
    Lansing-East Lansing350$46,880
    Kalamazoo-Portage210$52,320
    Midland40$49,820
    Muskegon70$41,100
    Niles-Benton Harbor120$42,530

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