Graphic Design

Bring your creativity, imagination and passion for visual art to CUW and we’ll teach you the skills you need to become a graphic designer. Our cooperative program with the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) assures you the very best liberal arts education along with progressive design instruction.

Why Study Graphic Design at CUW?

A CUW degree in Graphic Design offers you:

  • A state-of-the-art program with a Christian perspective
  • An on-campus graphic design lab
  • Advanced design classes at MIAD
  • High job placement rates
  • Direct field experience through internship opportunities

Program Facts

  • Years to complete:      4         
  • Job placement rate:     100%  

Program Overview

In CUW’s Graphic Design program, you’ll complete your liberal arts and studio foundation classes at Concordia and attend design classes at MIAD, where you’ll learn the very latest in design technologies. 

What You’ll Learn in the Graphic Design Program

In this innovative program you will:

  • Acquire advanced skills in Adobe Creative Cloud Suite and Mac-based software
  • Develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • Prepare and present a professional portfolio
  • Use advanced layout and design techniques for electronic and print media
  • Learn the major applications used in commercial website design and how to integrate them into site design from initial concept to final execution
  • Study drawing and composition including strategies for perceptual accuracy and visual communication
  • Develop image manipulation and visual communication skills
  • Study photographic composition, lighting, and digital camera techniques

Career Choices in Graphic Design

A GD degree prepares you for exciting careers in:

  • Interactive and multimedia design
  • Print media
  • Web design
  • Video production
  • Advertising

Areas of Emphasis

  • Print media
  • Web design
  • Interactive design

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Computer Science

All Graphic Design majors must complete requirements for a minor. A Business or Marketing minor would be a great choice to help you build the business skills you’ll need to channel your talents into a successful career.


CUW’s Graphic Design curriculum covers the fundamentals of design, web design, workflow and production, and a variety of visual arts courses. Coursework at MIAD includes typography and communication design. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.


  • The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Student Chapter
  • CUW Art Guild

High School Prep Courses

  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Computers (Macintosh)


Dr. Theresa Anne Kenney

Prof. Joshua Cody

Prof. Mark Uy