15 months after graduating
95% of our graphic communication graduates are in work or further study
85% of our graphic communication graduates agree that their current activity is meaningful
95% of graphic communication graduates that utilised their skills they learnt during their studies in their current activity
Studying graphic design with typography at the University of Plymouth will open a wide range of career choices. You could look at channelling your creative talents by pursuing a career as a professional graphic designer. If considering this you could create designs for advertisements, commercials, website content, publications, branding/ logos, package design and/or textile design.
You could also use your creative skills to explore roles focusing on the user experience, such as a UX (user experience) designer or UI (user interface) designer. Many graphic designers are self-employed and look for freelance work, whilst others are employed by creative design/advertising agencies. To find out more about going freelance or running your own business check out our self-employment and freelancing page.
If being in a design role doesn’t appeal, you could consider creative roles that determine the overall creative vision of a project, such as a Creative Director, or a one that takes charge of the overall visual style and content of magazines or film productions, such as an art director.
You could also use your creative skills to inspire others and work as a teacher (primary, secondary, further education) or a higher education lecturer. Teaching opportunities are also available outside of a traditional classroom setting and you could consider using your artist flair to engage with people as a Community Arts Worker/ Practitioner.
Creative roles also include working as an animator, concept artist, multi-media programmer, product developer, printmaker, production designer, fine artist, special effects technician or fashion designer. Again, if being in a more creative role doesn’t appeal, you could consider more project management roles, such as an arts administrator or one that focuses on managing client relationships, such as an advertising account executive.
Many graphic design with typography graduates take the skills they have learnt elsewhere and find their way into less directly related graduate professions including the civil service and the charitable sector.
When considering your options, remember that your physical and digital portfolio are essential to presenting your work to potential employers and evidencing your skills. If you would like some advice regarding your portfolio, how to stand out and what design agencies are looking for in potential applicants visit The Ideal Candidate.
Researching your career options
With such a wide range of careers open to you as a graphic design with typography graduate, it is important to make sure you explore and research your options thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Take a look at the professional associations websites for inspiration:
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Duty Manager
- UI Designer
- Art Worker
- Graphic Designer
- Junior Artworker
- Junior Designer
- Junior Graphic Designer
- Marketing Designer
- 60 Million Postcards
- All Rounder
- BBC Cymru Wales
- Dragon Signs
- Harding Retail
- Inventive Design
- MK9 Development
- Oliver Wyman
- Prysm Media Group
- Slim Design
- The Moment
- Trafford Pells Graphics
- Wotton Printer
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 21 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.