Creative designers, or creative artworkers, handle design projects related to the services and products of a company. They can work in almost any sector from media through to product packaging companies.
Who can I work for?
Nearly all types of companies have a need for design solutions with the arts, entertainment and media industries having a consistent need for talented artists.
Where and when can I work?
Most roles are office based and you will generally work Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.
What can I earn?
Creative designers start out at approximately £20,000 a year, which can rise to about £35,000 with experience. Senior-level designers can earn in excess of £80,000 per year.
What are the benefits?
It is a versatile role and you could enjoy positions in many different companies across all sectors. It is also highly creative and you can see your designs used on all manner or collateral from film posters through to labeling on a food item.
Are there chances of promotion?
There are plenty of opportunities to move into senior positions as you gain more experience. With experience you may eventually head up your own team as a studio manager.
What will I be responsible for?
You will be responsible for developing design projects in line with customer, client or business needs. You will work closely with printers, art directors, photographers, and other professionals and be expected to contribute original design ideas to a project.
Do I need any experience?
A degree in visual arts or graphic design will increase your chances of employment. You will also need a working knowledge of computer design software such as FreeHand, Flash, Photoshop, 3D Studio, CorelDraw, Illustrator, InDesign, and Quark Xpress. Work experience in a studio to help build up your portfolio is also beneficial.
What attributes are needed?
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work to deadline are crucial. You should also have good hand drawing skills as well as be computer literate, along with a keen eye for detail and an understanding of current styles and trends.