Impact the world through art, design & communication

You find beauty in the arts, yet also gravitate towards the structure and certainty of STEM. Our program might just be the perfect blend, allowing you to pursue a creative career, and work at the center of 21st century innovation. This is where art meets technology. If you love color, composition, and contrast, as well as modern advancements, there is little else that needs to be said - with visual communication, you’ll have it all.

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  • Graphic Designer
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The average undergraduate student award is $23,395.

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Program Overview

Our visual communication courses prepare you for careers in both digital and print design. In order to offer the fullest education possible, Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) has partnered with the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), which is just a 25-minutes drive from our Mequon campus. Most of your classes (all core requirements, over half major requirements, and your minor) will take place at CUW. Because we have a lab specially designed for our students, you’ll be able to work on your projects right on campus. Only 12-18 credits of your classes will take place at MIAD. It is worth noting that while graphic design is a highly-demand career, we highly encourage you to pursuing a complementary minor, such as business or marketing.

What to Expect

The classes you will take in this program will lay the groundwork of good design principles that will guide you through the rest of your career as a designer. Much of your learning will  occur outside of the classroom. Why? Because outside the classroom is where you’ll be putting into practice the design principles you learned in the classroom, developing your creative ideas and completing projects.

As a CUW student, you will have opportunities to work on professional projects with real-world clients. This, in addition to regular coursework, will contribute to your professional portfolio, which will be published (physically or digitally). One final note on what to expect: in order to be successful, it is critical that you meet project deadlines during your time with us. The faculty are always happy to work with you, so don’t be afraid to ask them for advice.

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