Graphic Design Major Skills List

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Here's a list of the skills that employers seek when hiring Graphic Design majors. Skills vary by job, so also review these skills lists for a variety of different occupations.

Highlight the skills you acquired during your studies, internships and jobs held during college in your cover letters, resume and job applications.

Graphic Design Major Skills

A - C

  • Abstracting General Principles from Examples
  • Active Listening
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Analytical
  • Applying Digital Resources to Design Projects
  • Balancing Artistic Integrity with Audience Appeal
  • Choosing Most Effective Typography for Graphic Design Projects
  • Creating Logos
  • Creating Models for Three Dimensional Forms
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critiquing Artwork

D - L

  • Detail Orientation
  • Displaying Artwork
  • Drawing
  • Editing
  • Flash
  • HTML
  • Independence
  • Integrating Visual Messages within Social Media Platforms
  • Interpreting Artwork for the General Public
  • Interviewing Clients About Their Artistic Preferences
  • Investigative 
  • Learning New Software
  • Logical Reasoning

M - R

  • Managing Projects
  • Managing Stress
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modifying Creations Based on Feedback from Teachers and Clients
  • Negotiating
  • Note Taking
  • Organizational
  • Persistence
  • Planning
  • PowerPoint
  • Predicting Outcomes
  • Presentation
  • Proofreading
  • Reading
  • Receiving Constructive Criticism about Artwork
  • Representing Figures in Space with a Balanced Perspective 
  • Representing Ideas Visually
  • Research

S - Z

  • Selecting and Blending Colors
  • Selecting Appropriate Venues for Exhibitions
  • Soliciting Feedback
  • Solving Artistic Problems
  • Study
  • Systematizing
  • Taking and Modifying Photographs
  • Targeting Visual Communications to Demographic Groups
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Tolerating Failure without Giving Up
  • Understanding  the Perspective of an Audience
  • Verbal Communication
  • Web Design
  • Writing

More Lists of Skills
Here’s a list of skills employers are looking for, including soft skills, general skills, and hard skills for a variety of different jobs.

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