Laura W is a graphics artist at Jagex software. She struggled to get a job in the creative sector after leaving university. There weren't any opportunities where she lived, she didn't have the right contacts, nobody knew she existed. She had to bite the bullet and move away from home to chase the opportunities.
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Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.
Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.
- Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints
- Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations
- Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project
- Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales
- Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
for this job
|Sport & recreation||10,589|
|Arts & entertainment||9,540|
|Services to buildings||5,136|
|Film & music||4,868|
|Other personal service||4,200|
|Head offices, etc||2,911|
Where to go nextJagexSector Skills Council for Business and Information TechnologyInformation and Statistics relating to the IT Industry
More information about web design and development professionals
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Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client’s specified requirements.
Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification, although entry with other academic qualifications and/or significant relevant experience is possible. There is a variety of relevant vocational, professional and postgraduate qualifications available.
- Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website
- Presents design options to the client
- Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access
- Develops the website and applications
- Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems
- Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery
- Writes and publishes content for the website
- Tests website interaction and performance prior to going ‘live’, and monitors and maintains functionality of the website
- Activates the ‘live’ website.
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|Computer programming, etc||10,032|
|Head offices, etc||4,880|
|Architectural & related||4,026|
|Public admin. & defence||2,624|
|Legal & accounting||2,125|