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Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. Designers can work regular hours at a company or may work on a job basis as consultants or freelance artists. They can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in South Carolina

A four-year degree in graphic design from a college or university is typically required for most graphic design positions. Associate degrees and certificates are also available at 2-year and 3-year professional schools, but usually result in assistant positions or roles that require technical skills only. 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. In addition to art and design classes, a liberal arts education that includes courses in marketing, writing, sociology, cultural studies and business may also be beneficial. 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 South Carolina graphic design schools is the first step to becoming a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in South Carolina

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). As projects for interactive media--such as websites and mobile phones--continue to grow, those who have experience in website design and animation will be able to find better employment opportunities. There are more than 1,500 graphic designers in the state of South Carolina. If you're interested in joining them, there are a number of graphic design schools in South Carolina that can help you achieve this goal. South Carolina graphic designers earned an hourly median wage of $18.10, or $37,640 annually as of May 2009 (latest available data). Although there are opportunities throughout South Carolina, graphic designers are most common in the Greenville area, Charleston area and Columbia. Those in the Charleston area, Columbia and Spartanburg 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 South Carolina graphic design schools will help you achieve your goal.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in South Carolina

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Florence, Anderson and Columbia
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Charleston, Greenville and Columbia

Salaries for Graphic Designers in South Carolina

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Spartanburg, Greenville and Florence

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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Campus-based and online degrees include Computer Animation (BS), Digital Arts and Design (BS), Graphic Design (BS), and more
  • Students take ongoing portfolio courses that allow them to build and refine their design portfolio
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  • Graphic Arts (AAS)
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More South Carolina Graphic Design Schools

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

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Hartsville
Bachelor
1,197
Conway
Associate
5,800
Gaffney
Bachelor
3,389
Rock Hill
Masters
6,382

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for South Carolina. 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
Charleston-North Charleston 450 $39,870
Columbia 300 $42,780
Florence 30 $44,650
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin 540 $41,000
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort 80 $37,760
Spartanburg 160 $37,070

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