Graphic Design

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Online Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 10-201-1
  • Offering: Online, In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Graphic Design Degree


You will be introduced to the range of opportunities in this field: design of print-generated and computer-generated graphics for books, newspapers, magazines, web applications and marketing materials; and additional design applications for point-of-purchase, packaging and outdoor advertising.

Today’s digital world reduces the geographic limits for finding clients. Employers include advertising agencies, corporations and nonprofit groups.

You can earn the Production Artist technical diploma on the way to completing this associate degree.

Additional program details: Coursework includes producing a professional portfolio to show potential employers. Students should have a well-developed imagination with a talent for visual problem-solving. Computer keyboard skills and math, algebra and geometry skills are helpful in this industry, which demands precision and neatness in finished art and presentation.



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication ‡ ^
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
GRDS-103 Design Elements and Principles ^ 3
GRDS-107 Digital Imaging: Adobe Photoshop ^ 3
GRDS-115 Typographic Fundamentals ^ 3
GRDS-122 Vector Graphics: Adobe Illustrator ^ 3
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
ENG-197 Technical Reporting ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
GRDS-104 Researching and Concepting ‡ ^ 3
GRDS-110 Layout and Publishing: InDesign ‡ ^ 3
GRDS-111 Advertising Design ‡ ^ 3
GRDS-117 Packaging Design ‡ ^ 3
GRDS-128 Portfolio Pathway ‡ ^ 1
GRDS-121 Exhibition Design ‡ 3
GRDS-126 History of Design 3
GRDS-129 Motion Graphic Design ‡ 3
GRDS-142 Brand and Media Strategies 3
MATH-134 Mathematical Reasoning
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
GRDS-112 Graphic Design Workshop ‡ 3
GRDS-113 Digital Media Preparation ‡ 3
GRDS-116 Integrated Design Thinking ‡ 3
GRDS-153 Portfolio Assessment ‡ 3
SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI or HIST course



‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Production Artist technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Program Outcomes

  • Apply the principles of design to develop strategic marketing and communication products and services
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of design software, tools, and technology
  • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion using a formal process
  • Apply effective legal and ethical business practices and project management skills
  • Communicate artwork rationale in formal and informal settings

Career Outlook

Today's digital world reduces the geographic limits for employment. Typical job duties include illustration, typesetting, layout and design, signage, corporate identity, 3D and multimedia design.

Possible Careers

Art Director
Creative Director
Digital Media Specialist
Graphic Artist/Designer
Imaging Specialist
Layout Artist
Prepress Technician
Production Artist
Web Designer
Interface Design
Experience Design
Packaging Design
Display Design
Publication Designer



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Creative Arts, Design & Media Academic & Career Pathway


Last updated: 03/27/2024