What separates a good graphic design school from a great graphic design school? Is it the quality of the production facilities? Convenience? Cost? Financial aid and job placement services? The answer is—all of the above. A number of college ranking may assess everything from program offerings to student selectivity, while alums, students, and other groups may evaluate schools based on social programs, dorm life, tuition costs, convenience, and more.
Just a few of the top college ranking organizations include Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. To determine which schools deserve to be called “the best,” college ranking organizations consider number and variety of program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity.
The State of Wisconsin is home to 84 Title IV degree-granting institutions. More than 300,000 students are enrolled, with thousands attending the state’s top art and design colleges alone. Just a few of Wisconsin’s best schools for artists and designers include Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), University of Wisconsin at Madison, Peck School of Arts at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Carroll University (Waukesha). Continue reading to find out which schools are the “best’ schools for aspiring graphic designers and what they have to offer.
Best Graphic Design School Programs Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire – B.A. Art with Drawing + Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking Emphasis; Minor in Web Design & Development
Fon du Lac
Marian University – B.A. Art with Concentration in Fine Art Studio; B.A. Graphic Design, Photography; Minor in Art, Graphic Design, Photography
University of Wisconsin Green Bay – B.A. Communication with Electronic Media or Photography Emphasis; B.A. Design Arts, Studio Arts; Minor in Art
Carthage College - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art, Studio Art, Communications with Graphic Design Major; Minor in Art
University of Wisconsin Parkside - Degrees Offered: B. A. General Arts, Digital Arts with Concentration in Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration or Web Design; B.A. Design & Technology, Studio Arts with Concentration in Drawing, Printmaking, Crafts; Certificate in Film Studies, World Wide Web Publishing
Viterbo University - Degrees Offered: B. A. Visual Communications, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Studio Art; B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Design & Technical Production, Drawing, Graphic Arts and New Media, Interdisciplinary Studies, Photography, Printmaking; B. S. Communication Studies with Visual Communication Focus; Minor Art
University of Wisconsin Madison - Degrees Offered: B. S., B. F. A. Art with Emphasis in Digital Modeling, Graphic Design and Typography, Life Drawing, Multimedia, New Genres, Painting + Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Video and Performance; M. A., M. F. A. Art with Graphics Specialization
University of Wisconsin Stout - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Animation, Art, Comic and Sequential Art, Digital Cinema, Entertainment Design, Graphic Design and Interactive Media, Studio Art with Drawing, Printmaking Emphasis; B. S. Game Design and Development, Graphic Communication Management, Professional Communication and Emerging Media; M. F. A. Design; Minor Art, Applied Photography
Mount Mary College - Degrees Offered: B.A. Fine Art, Graphic Design; Minor in Art, Graphic Design; Certificate in Communication Arts, Fine Art, Graphic Design
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Degrees Offered: B.A. Studio Art; B. F. A. Design & Visual Communications, Digital Studio Practice, Film, New Genres, Photography, Painting + Drawing, Print and Narrative Forms, Video; M.A. Studio Art; M.F.A. Film, New Genres, Studio Art, Video; Minor in Art
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Degrees Offered: B.A. Radio-TV-Film, Studio Art; B. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Emphasis; B. F. A. Design & Technology, B. F. A. Fine Arts with 2D Studio (Drawing, Photography, Printmaking), 3D Studio (Art metals, Ceramics, Fibers, Functional Design), Design; B.A., B.S. Art; Minor Studio Art
University of Wisconsin Platteville - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Comprehensive Art, Graphic Design Emphasis; B.A. Media Studies with Video and Audio Production Emphasis; Minor in Video and Audio Production
Lakeland College – B.A. Art with Graphic Arts, Studio Arts Emphasis; Minor in Art
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point - Degrees Offered: B.A. Art with Studio Art Emphasis; B. F. A. Art with 2D (Drawing, Painting), 3D (Ceramics, Sculpture), Communications with Media Studies, Design & Technology, Graphic Design; B.S. Web Design & Digital Media (WDMD) with Design or Technical Focus
Carroll University - Degrees Offered: B.A. Art; B. S. Art, Graphic Communication with Emphasis in Design, Design Management, Graphic Design, Web Design; B. F. A. Photography; B.S. Information Technology with Emphasis in Web Application Development, Game Development; Minor in Graphic Design, Video Production, Web Design
University of Wisconsin Whitewater - Degrees Offered: B. A. Art, Electronic Media, Graphic Design, Multimedia Digital Arts; B. F. A. Art, Design & Technology, Graphic Design; B.S. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) with Visual Design Emphasis; B.A. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) with Visual Design Emphasis; B.A or B.S. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) Communication/Gaming; B.A. or B.S. Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) Technology Emphasis; Minor in Art, Art Studio, Arts Management, Media Arts & Game Development (MAGD) with Visual Design, Communication/Gaming Emphasis, Multimedia Design, Multimedia
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