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Career Resources — Design

Industry Overview

At its core, design is the planning and subsequent creation of an object, system, or marketing campaign. Designers research and model desired outcomes, and iteratively adjust and recreate them. End-users may be internal (a designer’s employer) or external (for another company or a group of consumers). The industry as a whole can be broken down into 4 subsets: graphic, industrial, interior, and landscape. Design also has a significant role in video and digital production. Key skills for the design industry include: critical thinking, strong communication and active listening, project management, technological literacies, and creativity.

Key Skills to the Industry

  • Critical thinking
  • Active listening
  • Project management
  • Technology
  • Creativity 

Further Education

Graphic Design Most opportunities in graphic design require a bachelor’s degree. At Notre Dame, many students will receive a BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) which requires additional more requirements in design.  Success depends greatly on the satisfaction of the designer’s final product. Many professionals will pursue an MFA in graphic design for either more experience or to improve already established skills in design.
Industrial Design All entry-level positions for industrial designers require a bachelor's degree in industrial design. Again at Notre Dame, many will gain extra design hours and receive their BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts). After years in the field, many employees seek out their Master’s degree in their undergraduate technical field or in business administration.