65-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Code 10-201-1
Graphic designers create appealing, informative and on-message visual communications requested by clients. In this program, design materials for business, industry and nonprofit areas. Refine creative processes in layout and illustration for print and web campaigns. Advance your knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator software, as well as pre-press/digital printing methods.
How Long It Will Take
Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years. Three- and four-year plans are also available.
You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. This program is available in a block-scheduling format, meaning your classes will meet fewer times per week, but class sessions will be longer.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Earn two degrees in three years by combining Graphic Design with Web and Digital Media Design. Learn more about this dual degree option.
- Gain hands-on learning in real-world settings through technical internship experiences.
- The Graphics Club provides students with collaborative design and publishing opportunities.
- All graduating students are required to participate in the Portfolio Review.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2020 Start
- Submit application by August 3, 2020
- Complete checklist items by August 10, 2020
Spring 2020 Start
- Submit application by December 9, 2019
- Complete checklist items by January 13, 2020
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Financial Aid Eligibility
As a program student, you are eligible to receive:
- Financial aid loans
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$38,000 – $60,000 annually
Salary range calculated as the 25th to 75th percentile of all wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Program graduate wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you’re an artistic type who likes to think outside the box, enjoys communicating visually, is a good time manager and can handle critiques of your work, a job in the graphic design field may be for you. Designers are tasked with coming up with creative communications materials used in numerous industries.
- Graphic Designer
- Creative Designer
- Production Artist
- Web Designer
Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.
High School Dual Credits
Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.
Transfer Opportunities After WCTC
WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.
|College||Program Name||Credit Awards|
|Carroll University||BS Graphic Communication||up to 64|
|Herzing University||BS Web and Digital Media||up to 63|
|Marquette University||BA Communications||61|
|Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design||BFA Communications Design||up to 57|
|Mount Mary University||BA Graphic Design||61+electives|
|Upper Iowa University||BS Graphic Design||18+electives|
|UW-Milwaukee||BA Graphic Studies||up to 67|
|UW-Milwaukee||BA Design Studies||up to 67|
|College||Program Name||Credit Awards|
|Colorado State University-Global Campus||Any Bachelors Degree||up to 64, 10% tuition discount|
|Concordia University - Wisconsin||Any Bachelors||Up to 84|
|Franklin University||Any Bachelors Degree||Junior Standing|
|Lakeland University||Any Bachelors Degree||Junior Standing|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts or Sciences||up to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads|
|Purdue Global||Any Bachelors||credits vary, 20% tuition discount|
|UW-Green Bay||Organizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied Studies||Block of 60 credits|
|UW-Oshkosh||BS Leadership and Organizational Studies||credits vary, 100% online|
|UW-Stout||BS Management (100% online)||up to 60|
|UW-Stout||BS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)||up to 60|
|Wisconsin Lutheran College||Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership||50-70|
- Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
- Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
- If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.