Printing and Publishing

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Technology has had a marked impact on the commercial printing industry, and the processes by which materials are prepared and printed are continually evolving. In the Printing and Publishing program, learn all steps of the printing process -- from the creative construction of printed material, to integrating all forms of print, to a digital, cross-media environment that includes understanding customer service and estimating. Learn how to perform scheduling, preflight files for production to ensure that they are properly assembled, and apply color management to proofing to be sure a printed file will meet customer and industry requirements.

  • Prepare for jobs such as production artist, customer service representative, estimator, press operator, finisher or expeditor.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Select credits may transfer to other four-year colleges and universities. For more about credit transfer, click on the “credit transfer” section at right.
  • Courses are taught in the world-class Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center.
  • The Technical Association of the Graphics Artists (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.
  • All graduating students are required to participate in the Graphics Portfolio Review.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $28,000-$44,000
    • Average Salary: $35,786
    • Median Salary: $35,333
    • Average Hourly Wage: $14.84
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $34,398

Required Courses

+ (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

204-115 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 68
Carroll UniversityBachelor of Science in Graphic Communication-Print Managementup to 64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
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-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies63
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 68
UW-StoutGraphics Communications Mgmtup to 68
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership70

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

David Pipp

Phone: 262.695.3449


  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dina Vees

Phone: 262.695.3432


  • BS, Carroll University