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School of Business and Applied Arts


Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
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Graphic Design

Associate Degree in Applied Arts

Program number: 102011

Overview

Build solid skills and define your style in the graphic design field with the two-year Graphic Design associate degree at Madison College.

Successful Graphic Design students are creative and aware of visual details. Throughout the program, students apply those strengths to projects based on technical requirements and deadlines. 

At Madison College, you'll understand design fundamentals, learn about emerging trends, and develop professional graphic design skills for big-picture projects and day-to-day tasks. 

Your Graphic Design instructors have knowledge and experience across this creative field and develop courses that combine traditional graphic arts and new media technology. 

As a Graphic Design student at Madison College, you'll have access to more than 100 computers with industry software tools for computer graphics and web page design. 

With your associate degree in Applied Arts from Madison College, you'll be ready to create and meet project demands in design studios, art departments and more.

Program Details

Students in the Graphic Design program can attend full or part time.

Graphic Design classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.

Graphic Design


Your advantages at madison college

  • Learn from award-winning faculty who share real-world experiences in the graphic design field.
  • Combine a foundation in traditional graphic arts styles and tools with new media and computer graphics.
  • Join the Madison College chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) to start networking while you are still in school.
  • Show your graphic design work to potential employers in Madison College’s annual portfolio show.
Admission

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Third Semester
Fourth Semester

 

Elective

1 credit

Outcomes

After completing the Graphic Design program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Develop and implement solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
  • Create effective visual communication through the application of design theories and principles to develop graphic design solutions.
  • Apply typographic skills and knowledge to create effective visual communication.
  • Create and integrate illustrations and imagery to develop and communicate design solutions.
  • Use a variety of technologies to create, capture and manipulate design elements in producing an appropriately prepared final product.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally, and hear, follow and give directions in both verbal and written formats.
  • Apply effective business practices and project management skills appropriate to job requirements in the graphic design field.
  • Demonstrate professional ethics and collaborate as a productive and responsible team member.
  • Manage time effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Assume responsibility for career development and continuing education.

Graduates are fully prepared for the graphic design process including the assessment of client needs, solutions development and analysis, collaboration, concept design, client consultation, pre-press and production. These are some of the aspects of creating graphic designs and illustrations to effectively communicate clients’ messages to their target audiences.

Careers

Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Graphic Design graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of graphic design, including:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Production Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Web/Interactive Designer

Graphic design jobs are in advertising agencies, publishing companies, art studios, and advertising and art departments within companies. Madison College classes also prepare Graphic Design graduates with business skills to become freelance graphic artists.

Students are encouraged to join the Madison College chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) to start networking while in school.