5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
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Lead statementGraphic 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.
- graphic designer – multimedia
- advertising designer
- animator – animated films
- commercial artist
- graphic artist
- graphic designer
- bank note designer
- layout designer
- medical illustrator
- scientific illustrator
- multimedia illustrator
- 3D animation artist
- A university degree in visual arts with specialization in graphic design, commercial art, graphic communications or cartooning
or Completion of a college diploma program in graphic arts is required.
- Experience or training in multimedia design at a post-secondary, college or technical institution may be required.
- In addition to the arts, training in biology, engineering, architecture or a scientific field is usually required for medical, technical and scientific illustrators.
- Creative ability and artistic talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required for graphic designers and illustrators.
- Progression to management or senior design positions is possible with experience.
- The title "registered graphic designer" is recognized by law in Ontario.
- Advertising managers
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- Graphic arts technicians
- Interior designers and interior decorators
- Painters, sculptors and other visual artists