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What can I do with my degree in Graphic Design?

Skills gained

As well as subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in graphic design will typically have gained:

  • problem solving skills where the individual will generate solutions in response to set briefs
  • team-working skills that allow the collaborative generation of ideas, proposals solutions and arguments
  • decision-making skills for thinking in a divergent and independent way when observing, investigating or visualising ideas towards a material outcome, as well as handling ambiguous or uncertain situations through anticipation and adaptation to change
  • organisational skills to monitor and achieve a balance between intention, process and outcome
  • commercial awareness skills that allow resourcefulness and entrepreneurial practice
  • creativity in imaginatively using materials, media technologies, methods and a variety of tools while observing good working practices
  • research skills that allow independence during study or goal setting, as well as dealing with workloads and deadlines
  • leadership skills in analysing information and experiences effectively, making independent judgements, as well as clearly articulating carefully-reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation, and identifying personal strengths and needs
  • persuasion, influence and negotiating skills when effectively interacting and collaborating collectively with others, as well as visually or orally articulating and communicating ideas, information, writing or work to audiences from across a range of different situations
  • research and critical thinking skills when sourcing, navigating, selecting, retrieving, evaluating, manipulating and managing information
  • IT skills when selecting and employing information technologies

(Based on the Higher Education Academy Employability Profiles)

This is not an exhaustive list of skills – you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019