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Graphic Design Jobs and Careers



The scope of the graphic designer is far from narrow. Graphic design jobs cover all ends of the creative spectrum.

Being a designer in India is an achievement in itself! Unlike western countries where designers specialize in either vector art or graphic content design for web – here in India companies look for an all-rounder. Often an Indian designer is skilled in photography, imagery, colors, textures, patterns, graphics, animations etc.

What led you to enter the graphic / animation design field?

Passion for art from childhood
You hated maths and programming
You could see objects with a “different eye”

What is expected of a Graphic Designer?

Simply put graphic design is visual communication. Usually graphic designers are given a brief, which states what problem needs to be solved, or a specific outcome that needs to be achieved. The challenge is to collect information and analyze it to figure out with the best possible solution which can be conveyed via image or animation. The success of a good design is determined not just by how pretty the design looks, but also if it could solve or convey the message to the audience.

Graphic designers use a wide variety of visual mediums to communicate messages via shapes, fonts and colors on print design, websites and social media. A good graphic designer possesses strong interpersonal and marketing skills, in addition to an eye for details and strong knowledge of electronic media packages.

Course Details

There is specialized training required to become a good graphic designer. Students aspiring to be a good graphic designer must have an inclination towards art work. One has the option of either opting for diplomas or you can also make your way towards post graduate diploma programs in graphic designing after completing your Class XII or graduation. Those having a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA) program can also apply for the course. The course imparts on training in software being used for graphic designing and enhances the artistic talent of the person as well. It will expose you to electronic media, audio-visual media, publishing, manufacturing, printing as well as film and animation. Apart from theory, hands-on experience in all aspects of media would be given as part of the course.

Career Prospect for graphic designing in India

There is a lot that the Indian media requires and talented graphic designers are amongst the most important people. There is a wide variety of graphic designers, art workers, design consultants design management professionals, creative directors required. One can also work at a magazine as layout editors in reputed media organizations. Moreover one can also pursue career as a graphic designer in advertising agencies, marketing firms, design studios, educational institutes, exhibits and displays, publishers and manufacturers. As per industry standards, the monthly salary of a graphic designer initially could go up to Rs 15,000-20,000. With experience and a superior publishing company you might get about 40,000 a month. As you keep climbing the ladder you will see lot of opportunity coming your way other than your regular job, from which you can make lot of money.

Graphic designers are required in so many industries like Advertisement industry, Print Industry, Web designing industry etc. New designers must be aware of tools such as Photoshop, Gimp, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Blend or more. But within 3 – 4 years of experience a designer career comes to a standstill (unless you have a highly creative mind and you are assisting or working as an art director). Unlike a career in programming where there are various layers (programming, analysis, project management) – designing is more of an individual genius than team work.

Graphic Design Courses

MAEER’s MIT Institute of Design started its operations in August 2006, guided by the days leading minds in the Indian design education, with a plan to develop its identity as a research & training institution of highest international quality.

Graphic Design Institutes in India have been training candidates for a long time but most of them are very narrowly focused on imparting software application skills. These Graphic Design Institutes in India are unable to impart the sound theoretical and conceptual understanding that’s required to be a professional graphic designer. MIT ID is one such Graphic Design Institutes in India which understands the importance of a sound conceptual knowledge and also of the necessary skills required to be a professional graphic designer.

Top Colleges Graphic Designing Courses

There are a number of institutions that offer programs in graphic designing. Few of the renowned institutes that offering courses in graphic designing are

National Institute of Design, Gujarat

Industrial Design Centre IIT, Bombay

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Karnataka

Department of Design, Guwahati Indian Institute of Technology, Assam

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects, Mumbai

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