- Graphic Designer
- Graphic Artist
- Creative Director
- Multimedia Designer
Turn your artistic talents into an exciting new creative career by studying an illustration course.
What do illustration graduates do?
As an illustrator, you’ll be responsible for illustrating and producing visual communications materials, including producing sketches, illustrations, graphics, animations and videos. You may work in-house for a creative agency or other business, or work independently as a freelance illustrator, which will affect the nature and scope of your day-to-day responsibilities.
As an illustrator, you can expect to perform tasks like:
- Consulting with clients and stakeholders, to determine the objectives and constraints of a creative brief;
- Researching and analysing assignment communications requirements and selecting appropriate illustration medium and tools;
- Reviewing references and researching creative elements;
- Producing sketches, illustrations, diagrams and layouts to communicate design concepts;
- Providing informed advice on use of composition, light, colour, patterns and trends to clients and stakeholders;
- Detailing and documenting a selected design for development;
- Supervising or carrying out the illustration or design; and
- Managing the execution of creative projects, including managing and briefing staff, and managing budgets and other resources.
You may also be responsible for managing accounts and invoicing, marketing your services and seeking new clients, and connecting clients with other creative professionals, such as designers, photographers and copywriters, depending on the nature and scope of your work.
You’ll enjoy studying illustration if you:
- Are creative
- Can express yourself well
- Enjoy detailed work
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Are curious about the world
- Can work independently
- Are proactive and enterprising
- Are resilient
- Have excellent organisational and project management skills
- Enjoy problem-solving and testing
- Work well with people
- Are patient and empathetic
- Enjoy creative work
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the design and illustration industry in Australia is large and growing. Currently employing approximately 46,500 people, the industry is expected to grow strongly until at least 2020, where it will employ approximately 53,300 people. While the industry has contracted slightly over the last few years, it is expected to grow strongly over the next decade.
While the size of the profession indicates roles are available in most areas of Australia, Job Outlook notes that the sector is concentrated in New South Wales, with approximately 45 per cent of all design and illustration professionals working in the state.
PayScale reports that illustrators can expect to earn a salary between $40,000 and $83,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $61,000 per year.
After completing an illustration course, you’ll also be qualified to seek employment as a graphic designer. PayScale reports that designers can expect to earn a salary between $39,000 and $68,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $51,000 per year.
While a positive relationship exists between experience and earning capacity, PayScale notes that entry-level designers can still earn a competitive average salary of approximately $47,000 per year.