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What is the difference between Graphic Design and Graphic/Commercial arts?

I'm currently enrolled in Graphic/Commercial arts, yet my school has a "Graphic Design" major which is what I wanted in the first place. Is it really a big difference? Which gets paid more - and what types of jobs will I end up doing if I was a Graphic Designer as to a Graphic/Commercial artist?

Asked By: byondfreak - 1/31/2010
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If I'm not mistaken, a "graphic designer" is an artist that takes information, filters it through a concept, and designs pieces to reflect that process. For example: let's say you've got a country restaurant that needs you to design their menu. They give you their menu offerings in a simple Word document as just a list... More
Answered By: HMFan - 1/31/2010
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It's pretty much the same thing. One thing colleges can't seem to agree on (to their own detriment) is what to name a standard graphic design degree. I've seen graphic design, graphic communications, communication arts, commercial art, production art, and graphic arts... More
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Answered By: Matty B - 1/31/2010
 
I have to agree with everyone else. The title is loosely used for all fields it seems. I'm technically a graphic artist but my creative director refers to us as designers. At my job we do just about everything, create concepts, build graphics, animations, print, web, even hands on projects like painting. My degree is... More
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Answered By: tvartist - 1/31/2010
 
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