Within one year of graduating, 91% of MCAD alumni are working, pursuing further education, or engaged in military or volunteer service.*

This is no accident—MCAD’s graphic design curriculum gets students focused on their careers early and enables them to successfully transition from student to professional.

Graphic designers find work with design firms, corporations, museums, schools, and the news/information industry. Designers are needed to create communications across both print and digital environments.

 

Potential Careers

Graphic Designer

Develops graphics and layouts for products, companies, ideas, and websites. Takes information, some of which can start out abstract, and turns it into compelling visual information your audience can comprehend. This sometimes requires working within the constraints of brand guidelines; other times designers are allowed more freedom with their design direction.

Art Director

Works with a client to create graphics for consumer advertising campaigns and product promotion. Gives presentations and develops liaisons with new clients. Develops market research and plans promotional campaigns. Handles all aspects of studio work on a freelance or staff basis. Designs graphics for use in films and television, storyboards, computer graphics, art direction, set design, advertising, promotional design work, and film titles.

Interactive Designer

Transforms business needs and product requirements into intuitive web, mobile, and product experiences. Strategizes with key stakeholders, analysts, managers, and marketers to create user interface mockups, user flows, and functional specifications so final designs maximize usability and performance.

Production Artist

Designs advertisements and places them in ad layouts for publication. Works in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.

Type Designer

Establishes the look of new fonts using a combination of optical considerations related to legibility as well as expressive potential.

 

*Based on the 2016/17 MCAD Alumni Outcomes Survey, within one year of graduation, 87% of alumni report working, 3% are engaging in military or volunteer service, and 1% are pursuing further education.

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