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24 Feb 2023, 10:05

The role of an artworker is a fantastic one if you are looking to break into the world of graphic and visual design.

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The role of an artworker is a fantastic one if you are looking to break into the world of graphic and visual design. The role of an artworker is to take a concept that has been created by a designer and making sure that it is presentable before it goes to print. This could involve fixing simple things on the design such as colour or grammatical errors, but it can also include reworking the design and making sure there are no inconsistencies.

What the job involves

  • Creating designs for different corporations
  • Fixing designs for companies
  • Create visual concepts in line with the designers/company’s requirements
  • Using skills in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Consistent use of programmes such as Photoshop and InDesign
  • Providing expert insight to help and support designers


  • Strong visual skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Patience
  • Advanced skills in Adobe programmes as well as InDesign and Photoshop
  • Creative flair
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to stick to strict deadlines
  • Be able to work as part of a team but also to stay motivated when working alone

Typical employers

  • Design agency
  • Advertising departments within organisations
  • Advertising agencies
  • Television and film
  • Audio-visual companies

Typical qualifications

To break into the industry graduates will need to posses a degree that involved the use of artwork, visual design and the use of design software. You can improve your chance of gaining employment within the industry by taking courses to develop or learn new skills in areas such as design software, desktop publishing and familiarising yourself with visual art.


  • A graduate starting out in the world of design can expect to earn a salary of €22,000-€28,000
  • An experienced person in the industry can earn a salary of €28,000-€36,000
  • A senior creative designer can earn upwards of €45,000 per annum

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