Oregon State University

Graphic Design

What is Graphic Design? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU School of Arts & Communication

What is Graphic Design?

The mission of the Graphic Design program at Oregon State University is to prepare students to take an influential role in the variety of disciplines that constitute contemporary design practice. We achieve this through individual and collaborative investigations in visual communications, creative problem solving, professional practice, theory, history, culture, and the self. We strive to create an environment that continually motivates human beings to actively engage in exploring, inquiring, and contemplating the world around us.

According to Google, graphic design is "the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books."

Graphic Design - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Advertising Designer Illustrator
Animation Designer Interactive Designer
Art Director Interior Designer
Art Marketing Director Label Designer
Artist Logo Designer
Book Designer Magazine Designer
Book Jacket Designer Multimedia Designer
Book Publisher Newspaper Designer
Brochure/Newsletter Designer Package Designer
Communications Specialist Photo Editor
Copywriter Printing Worker
Crafts & Fine Artist Production Artist
Creative Director Professor/Teacher
Curator Promotional Display Designer
Design Director Publication Designer
Environmental Designer Publicity Specialist
Exhibit Deisgner Studio Artist
Fashion Designer Type Designer
Graphic Designer Web Designer
Identity/Brand Designer Writer

Related Skills

Ability to Turn Ideas into Reality Creative Eye Interpretation Skills
Basic Art Abilities: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, etc. Critical Thinking Skills Knowledge of Art History
Communication Skills (Oral & Written) Graphic Communication Skills Visualization Skills

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

The Art Career Project - You’ll find a breakdown of nearly every type of art and career you can imagine, from the normal to the more obscure. Some of the art careers you’ll find here include graphic design, painting, jewelry design, golf course design, Foley art, and even found art! If you don’t see your passion on our site, contact us and we’ll add it.

Artist Resource - a variety of information on art jobs and employment, as well as supply information and galleries.

Museum Job Resources Online - a source for online job seeking databases surrounding the arts.

Museum Careers - The American Association of Museums provides career information and a great resource for finding jobs.

Visual Artist Information Hotline - offers online resources to facilitate the work of visual artists, with links to jobs in arts and arts management.

Creative Hotlist - graphic and web design.

Graphic Design Internship

Graphic Design Jobs and Careers


AIGA Design Jobs

Creative Jobs

Archinect Jobs

Authentic Jobs

Graphic Design Jobs

Krop - Design Jobs


Freelance Design Jobs

All Design Jobs

Fresh Web Jobs

Artist Resource & Job Listings

Artist Jobs

Careers in Visual Arts

Art Careers

Arts Resources

Art Jobs

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Artist Resource - a variety of information on art jobs and employment, as well as supply information and galleries.

World Wide Art Resources - a great source for up to date informaiton on contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary artist and gallery portfolios.

ArtSource - a network of resources for Art and Architecture.

Art History Network - a basic guide for art history knowledge and information.

The Art Career Project - You’ll find a breakdown of nearly every type of art and career you can imagine, from the normal to the more obscure.

Artschools.com - provides career resources and an extensive set of employment links for artists.

Professional Association Links

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

American Institute of Graphic Arts

Graphic Artists Guild

Design Council

Society for Environmental Graphic Design

Miscellaneous Links

Oregon Arts Museums and Craft Centers

Portland Art Museum

All Art Schools

Museums in the US


Find a School

Arts Career Center

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