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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

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More Wisconsin Graphic Design Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Waukesha
Doctorate
3,324
Kenosha
Masters
2,778
Mequon
Doctorate
5,933
Madison
Doctorate
2,581
Appleton
Associate
7,624
Kenosha
Associate
7,586
Madison
Associate
14,647
Madison
Associate
334
Fond Du Lac
Doctorate
2,957
Milwaukee
Associate
17,193
Milwaukee
Bachelor
657
Fond du Lac
Associate
7,440
Milwaukee
Masters
1,702
Rhinelander
Associate
1,253
Wausau
Associate
3,729
De Pere
Masters
2,169
Kenosha
Masters
5,010
Stevens Point
Doctorate
9,115
La Crosse
Masters
3,088
Pewaukee
Associate
7,419
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Appleton 150 $44,010
Fond du Lac 60 $42,100
Green Bay 290 $40,600
Janesville 50 $42,170
Beloit 50 $42,170
Eau Claire 100 $36,010
Oshkosh 250 $38,720
Neenah 250 $38,720
Racine 170 $41,400
Madison 880 $46,750
Milwaukee 1810 $48,250
Waukesha 1810 $48,250
West Allis 1810 $48,250
Sheboygan 80 $43,270
Wausau 80 $36,550

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