A website is one of the most important marketing tools a company can have. A good website is even better! A good website has the potential to reach more people than television, radio, and direct mail combined, which is why web designers are in high demand—but not just for businesses. Even small organizations, clubs, and every day people with a message to convey have website.
To keep up with the demand for quality web designers, many colleges now offer web design programs, and others have expanded existing programs. In the State of Wisconsin, four colleges are keeping up with the demand. Three are part of the University of Wisconsin system, and the other is one of the best private colleges in the region. Continue reading to learn more.
Wisconsin Web Design Schools
According to the most recent report by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Wisconsin is now home to 84 Title IV colleges and universities. The collection includes technical colleges, traditional colleges and universities, and art and design schools. Some of the top schools for artists and designers include Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Viterbo University, the University of Wisconsin system, and Lakeland College. Scroll through the list below to review Wisconsin’s best schools for aspiring web designers and what they have to offer.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire – B.A. Art with Drawing + Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking Emphasis; Minor in Web Design & Development
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
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
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Employment and Salary Trends for Wisconsin Web Designers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment and salary information for web developers (web designers), information security analysts, and computer network architects as a single group. According to the latest report by the Bureau (March 27, 2012), Wisconsin is home to 5,300 web developers (web designers), information security analysts, and computer network architects. They average $67,270 per year.
Wisconsin-based web designers work at design firms, advertising agencies, PR firms, and more. Independent designers may have clients in multiple fields. Whether independent or salaried, some of the best cities for aspiring web designers are Milwaukee—the state’s largest city, Madison (second largest), and Green Bay (third).
The U.S. is home to 272,670 web developers (web designers), information security analysts, and computer network architects. They average $81,670 (mean). The lowest 10 percent average $42,770 per year, and the highest 10 percent average $124,860 per year.