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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: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Total Enrollment
Madison
Associates
15,410
Milwaukee
Associates
14,012
Appleton
Associates
11,660
Menomonie
Doctorate
9,416
Kenosha
Associates
9,166
Pewaukee
Associates
7,696
Mequon
Doctorate
7,288
Green Bay
Masters
7,174
Wausau
Associates
5,167
Fond du Lac
Associates
5,012
La Crosse
Associates
4,108
Waukesha
Doctorate
3,452
Kenosha
Masters
2,860
La Crosse
Doctorate
2,796
Cleveland
Associates
2,734
Milwaukee
Doctorate
2,355
Madison
Doctorate
2,221
De Pere
Masters
2,165
Madison
Masters
2,156
Fond Du Lac
Doctorate
1,971
Milwaukee
Doctorate
1,399
Rhinelander
Associates
1,338
Milwaukee
Masters
1,114
Milwaukee
Bachelors
660
Ashland
Bachelors
635
Manitowoc
Masters
475
Kenosha
Masters
299
Brookfield
Masters
245
Milwaukee
Bachelors
152
Madison
Associates
111
Milwaukee
Bachelors
0

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.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Appleton220 $45,310
Janesville-Beloit60 $45,750
Eau Claire120 $38,890
Fond du Lac60 $40,920
Green Bay420 $45,290
Madison800 $50,060
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis2040 $48,120
Oshkosh-Neenah280 $49,110
Racine160 $46,770
Sheboygan170 $46,970
Wausau140 $42,380

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