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Graphic Designer in the UK

Published: 25.03.2015, Updated: 05.03.2017
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Are you thinking of becoming a graphic designer when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a graphic designer in England.

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Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: occuring; provide

Listen to the following interview with a graphic designer in the UK and find out:

  • Where he works (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK he works.
  • Why he chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a graphic designer.
  • Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
  • What he likes best and least about his job.
  • How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.


Graphic Designer - Interview  

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a graphic designer in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary, and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a graphic designer's job and education in the UK with a graphic designer's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse 



After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • Mr. Thomson is worried about the time and cost involved in improving the website. He discusses this with Richard.
  • Mr. Thomson and Richard have agreed on a deadline for the website work. The deadline has expired, and Mr. Thomson calls Richard.
  • Mr. Thomson wants Richard to make a brochure for a campaign that the company is going to launch.
  • Richard has to handle a demanding client that wants his service immediately. Richard and his colleagues are not able to help the client before next month.