The Bluegrass State is famous for a few things many people might not be aware of. Travel to Fort Knox, where you’ll find the “Vaults of Fort Knox,” which houses the largest collection of gold in the world. It is estimated that more than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of this famous U.S. Army Post. Other cool things about Kentucky? Johnny Depp was born here, more than 100 governors were born here, and without Kentucky, Post-It Notes would never make it to your local school supplies retailer!
Kentucky is also known for housing some of the finest academic institutions in the nation. These schools offer more than the usual suspects when to comes to majors. From Bowling Green to Murray, students will find schools that offer a variety of majors from Graphic Design to Information Technology to Zoology.
Kentucky Graphic Design Schools
Aspiring graphic designers have the option to choose from traditional universities such as Western Kentucky University or technical schools such as Sullivan College of Technology and Design. Some students prefer a broad degree with a concentration in Graphic Design, which can open the door to multiple fields. Others prefer a pure Graphic Design program, which allows the student to focus solely on design. Whatever your goals, the schools listed below have you covered.
Western Kentucky University – Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Studies with Concentration in Graphic Design, B. F. A. Visual Arts with Concentration in Graphic Design
Sullivan College of Technology and Design – Degrees Offered: A. A. S., B. A. Computer Graphic Design
Murray State University – Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Studio Art with Emphasis in Graphic Design; B. A./B. S. Studio Art
More Graphic Design related programs to consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Kentucky Graphic Designers
Kentucky is home to 1,730 salaried graphic designers, up from 1,640 in 2006. Even better is, salaries are on the rise too. In 2006, Kentucky graphic designers averaged $36,880. By 2010, the average salary had increased to $38,090. Nationwide, the mean annual wage for graphic designers was $48,140 in 2010. The lowest paid graphic designers earned less than $26,110 (median), and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,660 (median). The middle 50 percent earned between $32,600 and $56,620 (median).
Earnings for higher-level positions, freelancers, and partners vary and are typically higher than earnings for salaried graphic designers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, solo designers who freelanced or worked under contract reported median earnings of $57,000, while graphic designers with ownership or partnership interests in a firm or who are principals of the firm in some other capacity average $95,000 per year. The Bureau states that “senior designers, who may supervise junior staff or have some decision-making authority that reflects their knowledge of graphic design” earn a median salary of $60,000. “Design directors, the creative heads of design firms or in-house corporate design departments” average around $95,000 a year.