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A graphic designer, or graphic artist, creates layouts, designs, promotional displays and other visual solutions to help their clients communicate information. 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. Designers can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Texas

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. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. 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. Many graphic artists may find it helpful to take additional courses in writing, psychology, marketing, foreign languages and business. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. There are many graphic design schools in Texas--both online and campus-based--that can teach you everything you need to know to become a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Texas

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). Those with animation and website design experience will be the most in demand. There are more than 10,800 graphic designers in the state of Texas. If you're interested in joining them, there are a number of graphic design schools in Texas that can help you achieve this goal. BLS data from May 2009, shows that graphic designers earned a median wage of $19.33 an hour, which equates to $40,200 annually, in Texas. The metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston and Austin-Round Rock have the most graphic designers, while those in the Austin-Round Rock area, Dallas area and San Antonio 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 Texas graphic design schools will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Texas

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Corpus Christi, McAllen and Beaumont
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Dallas, Houston and Austin

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Texas

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Dallas, San Antonio and Austin

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  • AAA in Digital Graphic Arts
  • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Full Sail University offers online degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Full Sail's approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving.
  • Full Sail uses the experience and knowledge gained from more than three decades of educational innovation to create an unparalleled online education experience that challenges and inspires our students.
  • Learning at Full Sail has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas, and our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.
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  • Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design
  • Liberty University's online programs ranked in the top 5 of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level**
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  • Master of Arts in Film & TV
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
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  • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
  • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.
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  • DEC Interior Design
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    More Texas Graphic Design Schools

    2017 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

    School Name
    Campus
    Highest Award
    Enrolled
    Amarillo
    Associate
    10,387
    Lufkin
    Associate
    4,677
    Farmers Branch
    Associate
    11,059
    Lancaster
    Associate
    4,834
    Plano
    Associate
    20,143
    Abilene
    Doctorate
    2,435
    Houston
    Associate
    43,518
    Kilgore
    Associate
    5,150
    Lubbock
    Masters
    1,960
    Irving
    Associate
    9,835
    Austin
    Masters
    5,317
    Huntsville
    Doctorate
    16,496
    San Antonio
    Associate
    19,819
    Dallas
    Doctorate & First Professional
    10,829
    San Antonio
    Associate
    9,256
    Commerce
    Doctorate
    8,813
    Fort Worth
    Masters
    8,668
    Waco
    Associate
    4,210
    Sweetwater
    Associate
    1,639
    San Marcos
    Doctorate
    28,121
    Lubbock
    Doctorate & First Professional
    28,260
    Austin
    Doctorate
    50,170
    El Paso
    Doctorate
    20,154
    Tyler
    Associate
    8,217
    Houston
    Doctorate & First Professional
    34,663
    Belton
    Doctorate
    2,651
    Denton
    Doctorate
    34,710
    Dallas
    Associate
    252
    Canyon
    Doctorate
    7,502

    Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

    The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. 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, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

    Metro Area
    Jobs
    Annual Median Salary
    Austin-Round Rock1520$51,040
    Amarillo100$37,160
    Beaumont-Port Arthur50$37,630
    Brownsville-Harlingen60$34,140
    College Station-Bryan130$44,800
    Corpus Christi80$33,100
    Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington4450$52,680
    El Paso230$38,200
    Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land3210$47,190
    San Angelo30$30,490
    San Antonio-New Braunfels960$48,110
    Laredo30$31,430
    Longview50$34,660
    Lubbock150$37,300
    McAllen-Edinburg-Mission90$35,050
    MidlandN/A$29,480
    Killeen-Temple70$44,530
    Odessa40$47,610
    TylerN/A$38,470
    Waco110$41,390

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