Graphic Design


Student Satisfaction

91% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.


Recent Graduates

There are 57 recent graduates of this Madison College program.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 102011

Credits: 68

Area of Study: Arts, Design and Humanities

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,588.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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. 

Once admitted to the Graphic Design program, you may choose to earn an additional associate degree in Visual Communications or Web & Digital Media Design with only two more semesters of study. Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to learn how.

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

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 biannual portfolio show.

To Apply

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. 


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.


Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
Students who complete the Graphic Design degree at Madison College will be guaranteed admission to Edgewood College when students transfer directly from Madison College to Edgewood College within 5 years of completing the Associate Degree. Completion of the Graphic Design degree from Madison College guarantees graduates at least 55 transfer credits.
Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
Students who complete the graphic design program can transfer up to 64 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Non-Wisconsin Schools

Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.

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

  • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion.
  • 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.
  • Apply effective legal and ethical business practices and project management skills.
  • Communicate artwork rationale in formal and informal settings.
  • Create innovative visual solutions for a variety of design, advertising, media and artistic applications.

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.


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.

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates495657
    Number of Surveys Sent495657
    Number of Surveys Returned384135
    Percent of Surveys Returned77.6%73.2%61.4%
    Available for Employment364035
    Percent Available for Employment94.7%97.6%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market200
    Percent Not in Labor Market5.3%0.0%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed343125
    Percent of Graduates Employed94.4%77.5%71.4%
    Employed in Related Occupation252713
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation73.5%87.1%52.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation9312
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation26.5%9.7%48.0%
    Employed - No Response010
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%3.2%0.0%
    Seeking Employment2910
    Percent Seeking Employment5.6%22.5%28.6%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses374135
    Very Satisfied (4)282621
    Percent Very Satisfied75.7%63.4%60.0%
    Satisfied (3)91411
    Percent Satisfied24.3%34.1%31.4%
    Unsatisfied (2)011
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%2.4%2.9%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)002
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%5.7%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses374135
    Preparation for Getting a Job202622
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job54.1%63.4%62.9%
    Career Change10109
    Percent Career Change27.0%24.4%25.7%
    Improvement of Existing Skills422
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills10.8%4.9%5.7%
    Preparation for Further Education111
    Percent Preparation for Further Education2.7%2.4%2.9%
    Personal Interest221
    Percent Personal Interest5.4%4.9%2.9%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses323025
    Before Enrollment313
    Percent Before Enrollment9.4%3.3%12.0%
    While Attending the College763
    Percent While Attending the College21.9%20.0%12.0%
    After Training at the College222319
    Percent After Training at the College68.8%76.7%76.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses353225
    In College District312517
    Percent In College District88.6%78.1%68.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District136
    Percent of In Wisconsin2.9%9.4%24.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin231
    Percent Outside Wisconsin5.7%9.4%4.0%
    Employer Location Unknown111
    Percent Location Unknown2.9%3.1%4.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count18189
    Average Monthly Wage$3,210$3,130$3,039
    Average Hourly Wage$18.66$18.20$17.67
    Average Work Hours per Week41.241.739.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count462
    Average Hourly Wage$13.40$14.21$17.00
    Average Work Hours per Week22.622.525.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    AMain Sports & Hobbies Graphic Designer Chico CA
    Apple Wellness Graphic Designer
    BW Designs Creative Specialist Waunakee
    Discover Mediaworks Design Intern
    Dunkin Marketing Intern
    Firepower Design Co Graphic Designer 2
    Geronimo Hospitality Group Graphic Designer/Marketing Specialist Beloit
    Green Bay Packers Graphic Designer Green Bay
    Happy Hour Media Associated Graphic Designer Lynnwood WA
    Ho-Chunk Casino Graphic Designer
    Image Works Graphic Designer
    Octopi Brewery Graphic Designer Waunakee
    Pisten Msg Graphic Designer
    Planet Propaganda Designer
    Planet Propaganda Graphic Design Intern
    Pop-Dot Marketing Graphic Designer
    Race Day Events LLC Graphic Specialist Fitchburg
    SERRV International Graphic Designer
    The Hiebing Group Associate Art Director
    Think It Then Ink It Artist Verona
    Tingalls Graphic Design Graphic Design Intern Fitchburg
    Trusted Media Brands Junior Digital Designer Milwaukee
    UW-Madison Nursing School Web Editor/Operations Specialist
    Vis-A-Vis Creative Concepts Graphic Designer Chicago IL

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