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You finally have in your hands that shiny graphic design degree...and got overwhelmed by the possibilities.

Should you be an art director? A UI/UX designer? A packaging expert? What can you do with a graphic design degree?

I was there a few years ago, and after jumping from area to area, let me tell you not to worry! Graphic design has a lot of options to choose from.

If you're asking yourself, "What can I do with a degree in graphic design?", it's a good time to explore some principal specializations and career paths.


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Like selling things in creative ways, this path might be right for you!

Market research: Look for the needs of a target market.

Copywriting: Create the texts that will appear in ads and commercials, like slogans.

Making the ads and commercials: Use production skills and design software to make visually appealing posters, ads, banners, and more.

Printing of promotional products: Use different printing processes to brand products.

Art or creative direction: Lead a team of professionals to create the perfect campaign.

Branding, Packaging, and Product Development

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New products and services start somewhere. You can help bring something to life!

Product development: Get involved from start to finish in the creation of a product or service.

Branding: Make the visual identity markers like the logos, templates, and color palettes of a product, service, company, or organization.

Packaging: Design the look of the containers and labels of a product.

Content Creation, Film, and Entertainment

Your love for video, animation, and photography can take you as far as you can imagine.

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Storyboarding: Illustrate the preview of a visual production.

Photography: Capture pictures, or become a photography director.

Video production: Record the action of a video and even direct it!

Video editing: Put together great footage and see your creation on a screen.

Animation: Tell stories in 2D or 3D, bring special effects to life, or dive into the process of creating video games.

Motion graphics: Create the banners, transitions, and graphics used in series, social media videos, and documentaries.


Amanda got her graphic design degree and can't decide on a job to apply. She likes drawing, has patience, and is great at telling stories visually. Which options would fit her best? Select all that apply.

Digital Products and Arts

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Break the idea of the starving artist by following one (or several) creative paths.

Illustrator: Create artwork for print or digital uses.

Print-on-demand products: Make art to print in any product you can imagine.

Self-made products: Sell them online or in design bazaars and markets.

Digital templates: Customizable business cards, logos, social media posts, video intros, event invitations, YouTube end screens, and more, offered online.


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Book lovers also have a space in graphic design!

Editorial design: Make the layout of books and magazines. Adjust them to different digital and printed formats.

Lettering artist: Illustrate letters for titles, book covers, and murals.

Book cover artist: Create the cover of books of all kinds.

Typographer: Design fonts to use digitally or in printed products.

Printer: Specialize in the printing process for books, magazines, posters, flyers, or packaging.


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The web is one of the fastest-growing specializations for applying graphic design.

Web design: Create the layout of web pages.

Web development: Write the code that makes web pages work. You can also specialize in developing apps or software.

UI/UX design:Work on the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) that people will have when using an app, an operative system, a program, or a website.


Ernie is good at math, doesn't want to spend all of his time in front of a screen, and likes using cameras. What design career paths would fit him best? Select all that apply:


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Consider passing on your knowledge to the next generation. You can specialize in a specific area or teach general principles of design.

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The flexibility remains, since you can work for an educational institution, on your own, or combine both.

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Teaching is also a great opportunity so put some skills to practice if you decide to do so on social media or with an online course made by yourself.

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