Graphic Design

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Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

102011

Credits: 

63.00
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.

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

Graphic Design image
Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Graphic Design

This program will cost about $9,200* 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 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates36
Graduates Responding19
Employed in Related Occupation8
Employed in Non-related Occupations3
Seeking Employment2
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market6

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding15
Average Hours Per Week3441
Median Hourly Wage$13.00 $12.00
Hourly Wage Range$13.00 - $13.00$9.50 - $17.00
Median Annual Salary$22,984.00 $24,960.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Art Framer; Bresler Elite Art, Milwaukee, WI
  • Graphic Designer; Evans Print + Media Group, Sparta, WI
  • Graphic Designer; Fastenal, Winona, MN
  • Graphic Designer; Graphic Image, Fountain City, WI
  • Graphic Designer; Graphics Direct, Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • Graphic Designer; Interact Communications, La Crosse, WI
  • Marketing Coordinator; People’s Food Co-op, La Crosse, WI
  • Tattoo Artist; Mind Altering Tattoos, 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
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, 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 exemptions here.

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

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University

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