Graphic Design

69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The goal of a graphic designer is to create effective communication that is visually appealing, informative and on message, based on client needs. The Graphic Design program is geared for those interested in blending their creative and artistic talents with the ability to design materials used in the business, industry and non-profit arenas. Incorporate the creative processes, layout, illustration and photography for a variety of print, web and social media marketing campaigns. Mobilize creativity and sharpen artistic abilities through individual and collaborative efforts. Dedicated, full-semester courses in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator prepare students to enter the workforce on a professional level.

  • Prepare for jobs such as graphic designer, designer, production artist or web designer.
  • Courses are taught by instructors with industry experience.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Carroll University, Milwaukee School of Art and Design (MIAD) and Mount Mary College. Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Those who earn their associate degree in Graphic Design at WCTC are encouraged to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communication at Carroll University. If enrolled in the Graphic Design or Design Management emphasis at Carroll, students may then transition into the Master of Science degree program in Graphic Communication (without further prerequisites in most cases) once their bachelor’s degree is obtained.
  • Courses are taught in the world-class Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center.
  • The Technical Association of the Graphics Arts (TAGA) club provides those in the graphic arts and printing fields with publishing opportunities through a periodic student journal.
  • Cooperative education experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • In addition to the general admissions process, prospective students will need to complete a Creative Review, which includes an essay and portfolio presentation.
  • All Graphic Design students are required to purchase a Mac laptop for use in the program. Shop Now at the WCTC Apple Store for Education and start saving.
  • All graduating students are required to participate in the Graphics Portfolio Review.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $21,000-$48,000
    • Average Salary: $36,340
    • Median Salary: $36,528
    • Average Entry-level Salary: $41,966
    • Average Hourly Wage: $17.00
    • Three-year Averager Salary: $37,140

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 201-112 Graphic Design I3  
 201-118 Design Drawing & Color Theory3  
 204-113 Page Layout/InDesign3  
 204-121 Digital Illustration3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 201-122 Graphic Design II3  
 203-141 Studio Photography3  
 204-110 Print Media/Digital Pub I3  
 204-131 Image Editing/Photoshop3  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 204-138 Cooperative Ed - Graphics3  
 
Total Semester Credits
3
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 201-110 Web Page Design I3  
 201-134 Typography3  
 201-136 Advertising & Branding Design3  
 204-132 Integrated Digital Production3  
 801-197 Technical Reporting3  
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 201-124 Web Animation3  
 201-141 Professional Studies2  
 201-143 Advanced Digital Design3  
 201-144 Design Portfolio1  
 809-195 Economics3+ 
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+*
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

201-110 Web Page Design I 3
204-113 Page Layout/InDesign 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 69
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Arts in Digital Mediaup to 72
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Graphic Communication-DesignJunior Standing
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Milwaukee Institute of Art and DesignBachelor of Fine Arts, Communications Design 60
Mount Mary CollegeGraphic Design Major60
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-PlattevilleBachelor of Science in Communication Technologies, Imaging Media Emphasisjunior status
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 47
UW-StoutB.F.A. in Art, Graphic Design concentrationup to 47
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership69

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, David Bate

David Bate

Phone: 262.695.6204

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, Marquette University

David Espurvoa

Phone: 262.695.6204

Education

  • BFA--Graphic Communications, Texas State University
Program instructor, Peggy Krouse

Peggy Krouse

Phone: 262.695.6204

Education

  • BFA, Northern Illinois University