communication and 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.
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 and
communication 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.
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 Communications 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
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth graduates
told us they were doing six months after graduation. For some graduates, these
jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to professional posts by providing
relevant workplace experience.
- creative design intern
- creative designer
- graphic designer
- junior digital producer
- junior graphic designer
- creative director
- graphic designer and stylist
- marketing manager
- visual designer.