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Overview

If you’d like to spend your career designing fabulous things, read this snippet to learn more;

A designer can work in a variety of industries, and within numerous disciplines, the opportunities are endless. However, the one thing they all have in common is that you’ll take a concept or brief that either somebody has given you, or you have planned yourself, and you will draw up the plans to create a product or result.  

In some cases, your design work will be the result (e.g., in Graphic Design, Illustration, Pattern and Product design).  In others (such as technical design) you might create the design so that somebody else can make the item.

Designers are typically desk or workshop based, depending on the discipline and medium used and can often be found working either employed or self-employed.

Skills required will be a creative mind, and the ability to think abstractly and problem solve.  Skills such as drawing, painting and computer design are all essential but can be developed through your education.

Job Opportunities

Want to shape the world as a Designer?  Then you’ll like this;

  • Designers can work in most parts of Australia and from home in some situations (working internationally from home is an option too).

  • You’ll mainly work in the Professional, Scientific, Technical, Information, Telecommunications Services, Or in Media and Manufacturing.  

  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $39,000 to $57,000 per annum.

Types of Courses

A bachelor degree or higher is usually required to start your design career.

Short Courses:

Short courses related to design are a great way to find out more about what a career in design is about and what type of discipline in design that you prefer. You can also enjoy related topics to help you build on your knowledge.

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate II/III Courses:

A Certificate II and III courses in related topics, or counselling will start to build on your knowledge in preparation for higher education.  

Bachelor Degree

A Bachelor degree is an entry level requirement for a design career.  It is an extensive course covering everything that you would need to get started within your career.  Although constant re-education will also be necessary.

Career Outcomes

There are so many diverse industries and opportunities for work as a designer, these include;  

  • Web Designer
  • Fashion or Jewellery Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Junior Art Director
  • Interior Designer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Colour Consultant
  • Interior Stylist
  • Illustrator

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