Online Masters Degree in Graphic Design

Can you offer the whole package as a graphic designer: creativity, artistic skills, computer savvy, communication strengths and an eye for marketing appeal? Make the most of your talents with advanced studies in the field. Whether you're interested in enhancing your skills, moving into management or teaching, master's degrees in graphic design offer education to integrate content, concepts, technology and artistry.

Available degrees include master of graphic design, master of fine arts in graphic design and master of science in graphic design. The curriculum varies according to your interests, such as typography, print publication or multimedia. Admission requirements can also differ based on your goals and how much formal undergraduate training you have.

Examples of coursework include these:

  1. Advanced concepts in multimedia, web design and packaging
  2. Animation and electronic publication
  3. Corporate communications and design
  4. Digital photography

Most programs require a graduate design studio, seminar, internship or thesis research. Additional technical studies such as web development could be a big plus. Classes in business, marketing, writing and project management can also be invaluable for leadership in the industry.

Graphic design career options and outlook

Career options include senior graphic, typographic or print designers; packaging, publication or branding designers; and art directors. Designers can find roles in advertising, promotions and marketing or in the creation of graphics for websites, mobile phones and other platforms.

Competition for upper level graphic design positions is very strong, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The best opportunities will go to those with a background in website design and interactive media because those are the main growth areas. The BLS projects an average rate of job growth -- 13 percent -- from 2010 to 2020, with more than half of those new jobs in computer related services and fewer jobs available in publishing.

Salaries for graphic designers

The BLS reports a median salary in 2010 for graphic designers of $43,500. Some related careers paid significantly more, but may require experience in the field, for example:

  1. Advertising, promotions and marketing managers: $108,260
  2. Art directors: $80,630
  3. Industrial designers: $58,230
  4. Multimedia artists and animators: $58,510

Graphic arts has a significant presence on the Internet so online master's degree studies make sense as a vehicle for your education. Enroll in a convenient online program and parlay your artistic and creative talents into a career in graphic design.

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