Wisconsin Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Wisconsin

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A graphic designer, or graphic artist, creates layouts, designs, promotional displays and other visual solutions to help their clients communicate information. Graphic designers can be full-time employees who work regular hours at a company or they can work on a contract basis as consultants and freelance designers. Graphic designers can be employed by small and large companies; printing and publishing services; or advertising and design firms. They may also work for magazines and newspapers.

Graphic Design Schools in Wisconsin

A bachelor's degree in graphic design is typically required for most graphic design positions and is offered at many colleges and universities as well as private design schools. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. Coursework in graphic design may include studio art, website design, commercial graphics production, computer artwork and drawing. To be an even more effective designer, you can take additional courses in art history, business, psychology, writing, marketing and cultural studies. However, formal education is not the only thing you'll need--graphic designers must also be creative, have an eye for detail and excellent communication and problem solving skills. Wisconsin graphic design schools offer both online and traditional campus-based programs to give you the education and skills you need to become a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Wisconsin

As the demand for graphic designers continues to increase, employment should grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Those with animation and website design experience will be in the greatest demand. There are 4,570 graphic designers in the state of Wisconsin. Earning your degree from one of the many Wisconsin graphic design schools can help you become one of them. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, Wisconsin graphic designers earned a median salary of $39,220 a year. The 10th percentile earned a median salary of $25,190 annually, while the 90th percentile earned $64,690 a year. Opportunities for graphic designers can be found statewide, although they are most common in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, Madison and Green Bay.

Below is a list of graphic design schools in Wisconsin to help you start you career as a graphic artist.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Wisconsin

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Madison, Oshkosh and Wausau
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Janesville, Fond du Lac and Eau Claire
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Wisconsin

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Oshkosh, Racine and Green Bay

Schools for Graphic Designers in Wisconsin are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Wisconsin

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More Wisconsin Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Carroll University Waukesha Doctorate 3,324
Carthage College Kenosha Masters 2,778
Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon Doctorate 5,933
Edgewood College Madison Doctorate 2,581
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton Associate 7,624
Gateway Technical College Kenosha Associate 7,586
Madison Area Technical College Madison Associate 14,647
Madison Media Institute Madison Associate 334
Marian University-Wisconsin Fond Du Lac Doctorate 2,957
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Associate 17,193
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee Bachelor 657
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Associate 7,440
Mount Mary College Milwaukee Masters 1,702
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander Associate 1,253
Northcentral Technical College Wausau Associate 3,729
Saint Norbert College De Pere Masters 2,169
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha Masters 5,010
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Stevens Point Doctorate 9,115
Viterbo University La Crosse Masters 3,088
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee Associate 7,419
Western Technical College Wisconsin La Crosse Associate 4,564

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Wisconsin. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Graphic Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Graphic Designers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Appleton 150 $44010 0.84
Fond du Lac 60 $42100 0.84
Green Bay 290 $40600 1.17
Janesville 50 $42170 0.55
Beloit 50 $42170 0.55
Eau Claire 100 $36010 0.8
Oshkosh 250 $38720 1.91
Neenah 250 $38720 1.91
Racine 170 $41400 1.51
Madison 880 $46750 1.59
Milwaukee 1810 $48250 1.46
Waukesha 1810 $48250 1.46
West Allis 1810 $48250 1.46
Sheboygan 80 $43270 0.86
Wausau 80 $36550 0.83
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