Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Graphic Design:

  • Masters in Graphic Design is not needed, however one can choose to pursue a degree in education to teach or a degree in a more technical/advanced field or in business.
  • There is no better way to get a feel for graphic design school than to interview recent graduates.
  • Prepare Your Portfolio, graphic designers use portfolios to highlight their talents and showcase their best work.
  • Learn another language.


Think of the following industries

  • Publishers (Magazines, Newspapers, Books, Textbooks)
  • Design Firms
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Publishing houses
  • Businesses
  • Publicity Firms
  • Large retail stores
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Universities
  • Museums and attractions
  • Film/Motion picture studios
  • Production firms
  • TV stations
  • Video Game designers
  • Software firms
  • Internet Media Companies
  • Online publishers
  • Self Employed
  • Student design magazines (CMYK, Creative Convocation) solicit student work and have regular competitions, try to get your work published.
  • Have a “greater than zero” web presence. Post work online, and share relevant links and images to show your knowledge.
  • Network with alumni and others to learn about potential opportunities.
  • Have an online portfolio for employers to find.
  • Use Pinterest to create a “future” portfolio, others can see it and potentially offer you job opportunities.

  • Have a portfolio of your work, if it is online, put the link to it on your resume.
  • List your technical skills so your employer can see what programs you know how to work with.
  • List any published work you may have.
  • Make your resume interesting enough that an employer would want to see your portfolio.
  • Format, type, color, can all be seen as how you are as a designer.

  • What kind of design software are you familiar with
  • What is your graphic design process?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes as a graphic designer?
  • What have you done to improve your knowledge of graphic design?
  • What kids of print media have you worked with?
  • What qualities do you think are necessary for a good designer?
  • What kind of design projects interest you?
  • What do you consider as the current trends in graphic design?
  • What is the primary goal of a graphic designer?
  • What do you consider your most successful graphic design project, why?
  • Expect some technical questions such as
    • What is the difference between a crossing polygon and a window polygon?
    • What is Linking Layer in Photoshop?
    • Explain about Lasso tools in Photoshop.
    • If you wanted to select a line and there were other lines on top of it how would you select it in CAD?
    • What are the differences between associative hatching and non-associative hatching in CAD?

Career Resources for Graphic Design Majors:

Graphic Design Degree Types:

Graphic Design MA, MFA

Information Design MA

Graphic Design Graduate Certificate

Media Design MFA

Visual Arts MFA

Design Management MPS

Interactive Design and Media MA

Education MS

Computer Graphics and Game Technology MS

Business MA

Career Paths:

Master’s Degree: 

  • Teacher
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interaction DesignerDesign Firm Owner
  • Senior Designer


  • Professor

Graphic Designer

Median Salary:$45,900

Outlook: +1% (little to no change)

Craft and Fine Artists (Video Artist)

Median Salary:$44,400

Outlook: +2% (slower than average)

Web Developers

Median Salary:$63,490

Outlook: +27% (faster than average)

Art Directors

Median Salary:$85,610

Outlook:+2% (slower than average)

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Median Salary:$63,630

Outlook:+6% (average)

Desktop Publishers

Median Salary:$38,200



Related Groups:

Creative Design Professionals Worldwide

Designers – Web/Graphic, User Experience (UX, UI), Interaction Design (IxD)

Graphic Design

Graphic Design Freelancers

Graphic Design Professionals

Graphic Design Professional Group

Creative Design Pros – Designers Forum

Graphic Designer Lounge

Graphic designer & art director

Graphic Illustration Professionals

Graphic & Iconography Design

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