Art and Design

Multimedia Artists and Animators
What Multimedia Artists and Animators Do
Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.
Work Environment
Multimedia artists and animators held about 64,400 jobs in 2014. A little more than one-half half of workers were self-employed.
How to Become a Multimedia Artist or Animator
Most multimedia artists and animators need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop both an impressive portfolio of work and the strong technical skills that many employers prefer. 
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National Association of Schools of Arts and Design

Industrial Designers
What Industrial Designers Do
Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and the usability of products when developing new product concepts.
Work Environment
Industrial designers work in offices in a variety of industries. Although industrial designers work primarily in offices, they may travel to testing facilities, design centers, clients’ exhibit sites, users’ homes or workplaces, and places where the product is manufactured.
How to Become an Industrial Designer
A bachelor’s degree is usually required for entry-level industrial design jobs. It is also important for industrial designers to have an electronic portfolio with examples of their best design projects.
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Industrial Designers Society of America
National Association of Schools of Arts and Design

Graphic Designers
What Graphic Designers Do
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
Work Environment
Many of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations, and related services industries. In 2014, about 1 in 5 graphic designers were self-employed.
How to Become a Graphic Designer
Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.
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The Professional Association for Design
National Association of Schools of Arts and Design
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