Graphic Design | Western Technical College

Graphic Design

Associate Degree

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Graphic designers have a passion for art, design, and high-impact visual communication. They also have excellent computer skills. Businesses and organizations depend on effective brand and marketing communications, including logos, signage, brochures, packaging, advertising, and website design.

Western’s Graphic Design program is well known as for its comprehensive approach to design education, teaching the fundamentals and skills in art, technology, advertising, and marketing to students like you. You’ll conceive, create, and produce designs for print and electronic media. First-year courses introduce graphic design industry software, typography, and design fundamentals. Second-year students apply and develop these skills in a unique, hands-on instructional setting that blends marketing and advertising concepts with design. The final semester is dedicated to portfolio development and career readiness.

Career opportunities include graphic designers and graphic artists with advertising agencies, printing companies, corporate marketing departments, publishers, and public relations firms. Opportunities also exist in web and app design. Some graphic designers work as freelancers. Your earning potential increases with extended and varied work experience.

Program instructors accept graphic design work from the public that fits with the topic they are covering in class. To apply for this service, complete the Graphic Design Request Form

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Graphic Design

This program will cost about $9,500* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graphic Design 2019-2020 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding8
Employed in Related Occupation0
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment5
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market2

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Career Opportunities

Graphic Designer
Graphic Artist
Web Designer/Graphic Design
Marketing/& Design Coordinator
Production Artist
Jr. Web Developer

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Apply the principles of design to develop strategic marketing and communication products and services
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of design software, tools and technology
  • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion using a formal process
  • Apply effective legal and ethical business practices and project management skills
  • Communicate artwork rationale in formal and informal settings
  • Collaborate with clients/industry

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Software and Technology

This program requires specific software and technology to complete classwork. Click here to see the list of items you will need for your courses.

If you do not have access to the items listed for your program, or if the items you have do not meet the requirements, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Internet access is required to access student accounts from off campus. The Learning Commons can provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at or call 608-785-9198.

For additional specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University

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