Graphic Design

Graphic Design is about visual communication and the presentation of images and messages.

Examples of graphic design include branding and logos, magazines and books, web sites, advertisements, and packaging.

Studying in this area involves learning about typography, layout and the visual arts such as drawing, painting and print-making.

Usually this includes learning about computer technology to assist with designing and producing images.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Web site artist
  • Web site designer
  • Multi-media artist
  • Cartoonist
  • Book designer
  • Magazine art director
  • Art editor
  • Art designer
  • Technical illustrator
  • Packaging designer
  • Desktop publisher
  • Artist
  • Art teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


116% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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