Summary Graphic Designer in Canada
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "graphic designer" was moved from the group Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241) to the group Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 52120).
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Note that some information in this job profile is based on the 2016 version of the NOC.
Graphic designers conceptualize and produce graphic art and visual materials to effectively communicate information for publications, advertising, films, packaging, posters, signs and interactive media such as Web sites and CDs. They are employed by advertising and graphic design firms, by establishments with advertising or communications departments and by multimedia production companies, or they may be self-employed. Graphic designers who are also supervisors, project managers or consultants are included in this unit group. Illustrators conceptualize and create illustrations to represent information through images. They are almost solely self-employed.
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College or apprenticeship
This occupation usually requires a college diploma (community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP), an apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or experience working in a supervisory occupation.
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- Supervise other graphic designers or graphic arts technicians
- Estimate costs of materials and time to complete graphic designs and illustrations
- Adapt existing illustrations
- Assist in developing storyboards for electronic productions
- Consult with clients to determine the nature and content of illustrations in order to meet their communications needs
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