NOC 5223 – Graphic arts technicians



Graphic arts technicians assist in conceptualizing a project, interpreting design specifications or sketches, preparing the page make-up, lay-out and lettering, and preparing production materials for press, electronic or multimedia publishing. They are employed by publishing, communications, advertising, marketing, printing and multimedia establishments, and by television and film production companies. They may also be self-employed.

Progression to graphic designer positions is possible with experience or supplementary training.

Main Duties

Graphic arts technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review the graphic designer’s instructions
  • Produce or assist in developing and producing design concepts
  • Capture elements such as titles, text, drawings, illustrations, graphics, lettering and colour harmonization, using a computer
  • Produce computerized images and drawings
  • Digitize images using peripherals and transform them using retouching systems, graphic palettes or specialized software
  • Perform the layout, page make-up and placement using the conceptual mock-ups provided
  • Produce proofs and camera-ready materials and prepare film and any other prepress materials
  • Paint or ink individual cells of 2-D or 3-D animated drawings according to animator’s specifications using an electronic palette
  • Lay out, draw or paint letters, figures, logos and designs for windows, advertisements, billboards, vehicles, books and publications using specialized software or painting equipment
  • Work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Employment Requirements

  • A college diploma in commercial or graphic arts, computer graphics or animated design is required.
  • Experience or training in multimedia design at a post-secondary, college or technical institution may be required.
  • Creative ability and artistic talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required.

All Titles

  • airbrush artist
  • animated cartoon inker
  • animated cartoon painter
  • animated cartoon technician
  • animated cartoons inker and painter
  • animation camera operator
  • animation inker
  • animation painter
  • apprentice sign painter
  • art work assembler
  • artist, airbrush
  • artist, cartoon background
  • artist, paste-up
  • assembler, art work
  • assembler, graphic arts
  • cartoon background artist
  • colourist, photography
  • computer graphics design technician
  • computer graphics operator
  • computer graphics technician
  • copy stylist, graphic arts
  • cutter, silkscreen stencils
  • design assistant – advertising production
  • designer, poster layouts
  • detailer, sign layouts
  • digital graphic design technician
  • graphic arts assembler
  • graphic arts copy stylist
  • graphic arts renderer
  • graphic arts technician
  • graphics technician
  • hand painter – graphic arts
  • inker and painter, animated cartoons
  • inker, animated cartoons
  • letterer, photo processes – graphic arts
  • lettering artist
  • mannequin artist
  • multimedia graphic design technician
  • multimedia graphics technician
  • operator, animation camera
  • painter, animated cartoons
  • painter, animation
  • painter, hand – graphic arts
  • painter, posters
  • painter, signs
  • painter, traffic signs
  • paste-up artist
  • photo process letterer – graphic arts
  • photo stencil maker
  • photograph retoucher
  • photographic airbrush artist
  • photographic colourist
  • photography colourist
  • poster layout designer
  • poster painter
  • renderer, graphic arts
  • rendering specialist
  • screen stencil cutter – graphic arts
  • sign layout detailer
  • sign painter
  • sign writer
  • silkscreen stencil cutter
  • silkscreen technician
  • stencil marker
  • stencil marker – graphic arts
  • technician, graphic arts
  • technician, silkscreen
  • traffic sign painter
  • video game artist
  • video game designer
  • vinyl lettering artist
  • writer, signs


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