Graphic Design

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Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

102011

Credits: 

66.00
Financial Aid Available

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.

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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 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates35
Graduates Responding26
Employed in Related Occupation15
Employed in Non-related Occupations6
Seeking Employment2
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding311
Average Hours Per Week2839
Median Hourly Wage$9.25 $11.25
Hourly Wage Range$8.00 - $12.50$10.00 - $15.00
Median Annual Salary$12,480.00 $23,400.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Graphic & Web Designer; illumin8 marketing llc, La Crosse, WI
  • Graphic Design Assistant; J T Graphics & Advertising Inc., La Crosse, WI
  • Graphic Designer; Corporate Casuals & Promotional Products, Winona, MN
  • Graphic Designer; La Crosse Mail & Print, La Crosse, WI
  • Graphic Designer; News Publishing, Whitehall, WI
  • Graphic Designer; Wichelt Imports Inc., Stoddard, WI
  • Graphic Designer; Xcel Energy, Winona, MN
  • Pre-Press; Trane, La Crosse, WI
  • Sales Associate; ADAR, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • 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

Application
$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements

Writing/English: 

ACT: 16
COMPASS: 56
ACCUPLACER: 60

Reading: 

ACT: 13
COMPASS: 60
ACCUPLACER: 45

Math/Pre-Algebra: 

ACT: 16
COMPASS: 34
ACCUPLACER: 65

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University

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