Graphic Design | Western Technical College

Graphic Design

Associate Degree

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

At Western, our Graphic Design program is well-known for its comprehensive approach to design education. We equip students like you with the fundamentals and skills in art, technology, advertising, and marketing. You'll conceptualize, create, and produce designs for both print and electronic media. In your first year, you'll be introduced to graphic design industry software, typography, and design principles. As a second-year student, you'll apply and enhance these skills in a unique, hands-on instructional environment that integrates marketing and advertising concepts with design. The final semester focuses on portfolio development and preparing you for a career in the field.

With this degree, you'll have a range of career opportunities, including roles as graphic designers and graphic artists in advertising agencies, printing companies, corporate marketing departments, publishers, public relations firms, and web and app design. Some graphic designers also work as freelancers, and your earning potential can increase with extended and diverse 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

Check out our student portfolios

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Graphic Design

This program will cost about $10,013* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graphic Design 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding8
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week0
Median Hourly Wage
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Graphic Marketing, Production Associate, Respire Care Provider, Sales Associate, Stylist

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

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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