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Multimedia Designers

Multimedia Designers


Education

What’s Needed:

  • Most design firms and corporations do not require formal training. Instead, they place emphasis on your portfolio of work and your knowledge of specific graphic and multimedia design programs.
  • In many cases, it may be helpful to have a certificate to show that you have been trained in these programs and have demonstrated your competency.
  • If you choose to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in multimedia design to improve your job options, you’ll likely attend an art or technical college that specializes in the creative fields.

What you study:

If you pursue a degree in multimedia design, you’ll likely study all of the following:

  • Principles of Design
  • Computer Illustration
  • Vector Illustration
  • Interactive Design
  • Webpage Design
  • Video and Audio Design

What courses you’ll take

Below are examples of courses that you’ll likely take as a multimedia design student.

Course Studies Purpose
Introduction to Mass Media History and current trends in mass media, including print, motion pictures, radio, television and Internet; media-related values such as freedoms of speech and of the press; responsibilities of mass media creators; channels through which mass media reaches the public; standards and business practices in media career fields. Introduce students to mass media as a form of communication, along with practical and moral considerations involved in the field.
Introduction to the Visual Arts The various types of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture; a brief history of each visual art form’s development; visual art theory and criticism; production processes; presentation of visual art in venues such as museums, public spaces and digital screens. Provide a survey of visual art forms, focusing on traits that distinguish them from other types of media.
Digital Illustration Principles of typography (the study of typefaces and fonts); using specialized software to create graphics; techniques for color correction; setting proper image resolution; industry standards for digital graphics production, including use of crop marks and color bleeds at the edges of images; digital design workflow. Prepare students to work professionally with digital graphics and typefaces.
Web Design Constructing web pages using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS); developing and publishing websites with authoring software; planning and testing website functionality; organizing and managing website files; applying graphic design skills and visual art techniques to web development. Ready students to publish multimedia content on the web, and ensure that it looks and behaves as intended.
Multimedia Production Creating advertising and other art that involves multiple types of media, such as video and sound; integrating media content across multiple channels, such as print and web; production of interactive content; staying organized while planning and executing a complex multimedia project. Enable students to weave all their content-creation skills into a unified multimedia presentation.


Certifications and Licensing

No certification is needed in order to work as a multimedia design professional. However, many multimedia designers hold certificates in particular design programs or areas in which they work. The most popular of these certifications are offered by Adobe and cover the programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, which is used by design professionals worldwide.


Job Flexibility

Full-time versus part-time:

Multimedia designers who work for design firms and corporations may choose to work either full- or part-time schedules. Those individuals who work on a freelance basis tend to work full-time schedules but have greater freedom to take time off.

Work location:

Many design professionals work from home offices or telecommute for at least part of the workweek. Some designers only work in a firm or corporation’s offices when they need access to specific design programs and technologies. The majority of multimedia designers have company-assigned laptops that they can use to complete their work from wherever they’d like.


Recommended Websites

  • U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook for Multimedia Artists and Animators: The Bureau of Labor website provides extensive information about careers in multimedia design. The majority of the information on this site is statistical in nature. Individuals who are interested in careers in multimedia design should visit other websites to get a well-rounded view of work in this field.
  • The American Institute of Graphic Arts: AIGA is widely considered the leading organization for design professionals in the Americas. The AIGA website provides career and job boards, information about design competitions and tools for designers working in all mediums. The site is an excellent resource for both beginning and experienced designers.
  • Icograda: Also known as the International Council on Communication Design, Icograda is the leading international organization for design professionals. The Icograda website provides design news, a member resource library, information about design seminars and a directory of design professionals. This site is particularly helpful for individuals who are working in multimedia design but wish to learn new skills or seek out positions in new markets.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below *. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $51,090 $39K – $87K 140 0.01%
AZ Tucson $41,200 $33K – $72K 70 0.02%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $81,120 $42K – $165K 5,730 0.15%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $76,410 $48K – $143K 750 0.08%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $69,950 $49K – $105K 50 0.02%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $53,550 $39K – $93K 80 0.01%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $71,700 $51K – $108K 120 0.02%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $63,990 $42K – $107K 240 0.02%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $69,710 $37K – $111K 1,050 0.10%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $69,990 $46K – $113K 310 0.03%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $67,650 $42K – $115K 260 0.02%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta N/A N/A – N/A 230 0.14%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $61,320 $34K – $127K 40 0.02%
CO Boulder $56,620 $40K – $85K 70 0.05%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $62,120 $42K – $89K 220 0.02%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk N/A N/A – N/A 850 0.20%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $36,690 $26K – $133K 240 0.04%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $59,450 $43K – $96K 360 0.02%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $48,880 $41K – $73K 80 0.01%
FL Jacksonville $60,970 $40K – $102K 30 0.01%
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $52,390 $40K – $75K 0.02%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $44,960 $38K – $62K 300 0.03%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $49,430 $39K – $69K 110 0.01%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $48,280 $33K – $75K 50 0.01%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $52,470 $35K – $89K 790 0.03%
HI Honolulu $50,690 $32K – $98K 110 0.03%
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $60,130 $39K – $96K 810 0.02%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $44,740 $29K – $71K 90 0.01%
LA Baton Rouge N/A N/A – N/A 70 0.02%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $70,800 $38K – $119K N/A N/A
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $64,490 $39K – $97K 490 0.03%
MA Springfield $44,730 $31K – $60K 40 0.02%
MD Baltimore – Towson $51,760 $33K – $76K 250 0.02%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $55,990 $35K – $96K 160 0.03%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $48,710 $22K – $82K 50 0.01%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $73,920 $40K – $95K 250 0.02%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $49,430 $31K – $86K 470 0.03%
MO Kansas City $48,240 $31K – $86K 190 0.02%
MO Springfield $29,580 $21K – $59K 70 0.04%
MO St. Louis $67,360 $30K – $98K 180 0.01%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $63,850 $42K – $99K 120 0.05%
NC Raleigh – Cary $56,070 $27K – $79K 700 0.14%
NE Lincoln $38,530 $16K – $67K 70 0.04%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $35,940 $31K – $48K 80 0.02%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $66,360 $37K – $94K N/A N/A
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $59,410 $46K – $75K N/A N/A
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $52,500 $33K – $80K 150 0.02%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $30,340 $19K – $77K N/A N/A
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $57,130 $37K – $90K 90 0.02%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $63,060 $49K – $109K 70 0.01%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $68,570 $39K – $108K 2,280 0.04%
NY Rochester $45,240 $34K – $64K 40 0.01%
OH Akron $50,330 $24K – $77K N/A N/A
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $58,820 $39K – $81K 90 0.01%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $59,610 $40K – $80K 70 0.01%
OH Columbus $59,100 $40K – $96K 120 0.01%
OH Dayton $66,450 $31K – $91K 40 0.01%
OH Toledo $52,270 $31K – $76K 40 0.01%
OK Oklahoma City $34,590 $26K – $62K 40 0.01%
OR Eugene – Springfield $64,570 $38K – $83K 90 0.07%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $54,010 $34K – $102K 500 0.05%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $53,950 $38K – $77K 30 0.01%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $60,100 $40K – $112K 230 0.01%
PA Pittsburgh $50,220 $36K – $85K 120 0.01%
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $39,240 $25K – $51K 30 0.00%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $58,920 $42K – $77K 40 0.01%
SD Sioux Falls $36,450 $26K – $55K 40 0.03%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $43,850 $33K – $90K 80 0.01%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $48,720 $30K – $91K 340 0.04%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $54,560 $33K – $95K 710 0.03%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $60,880 $38K – $101K 80 0.01%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $57,630 $25K – $85K 240 0.01%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $46,360 $34K – $73K 130 0.01%
UT Provo – Orem $58,650 $31K – $87K N/A N/A
UT Salt Lake City $51,630 $30K – $80K 110 0.02%
VA Richmond $63,840 $29K – $82K 80 0.01%
VA Roanoke $54,540 $28K – $61K N/A N/A
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $55,360 $45K – $70K N/A N/A
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $64,300 $38K – $110K 2,330 0.17%
WI Madison $50,730 $31K – $65K 190 0.06%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $40,590 $31K – $75K 30 0.00%

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