What's it all about?

Graphic designers combine art and technology to create visual concepts that communicate ideas to inspire and inform a specific audience. To be successful in the dynamic graphics industry you need to keep up-to-date with design trends, new software and technology to stay on top of your game.

Who is it for?

The role of a designer is constantly evolving. You will need to be able to work well in a team, communicate your ideas effectively to others, have excellent time management skills and find creative solutions to problems.

Who we work with

We work with the following employers to help you get career ready and gain real work skills:Sunderland City Council, Spark FM, Sunderland Culture, Digital Krush, Sunshine Cooperative.


of our graphic design students progressed to employment or further study.*

*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (FT FE 16-18 students)

College of the Year

*Pearson BTEC College of the Year 2019

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for graphics students including:

  • Graphic design studio.

  • Macs with industry-standard software.

Expert & friendly support


There will be 16,350 graphics jobs in 2024 (NE)

Careers could include: Illustrator, Digital Content Artist, Web Designer, Creative Services Manager, Art Director or UX Designer

There are currently 1,169 Graphic Designers employed in our local region and they earn £20,446 a year.

Graphic designers

Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Medium Salary

£ 26291

1134 people employed as Graphic designers in the current year.