Graphic Communications

Graphic Design

Become a graphic designer through the Graphic Design associate degree program from Gateway! Graphic design merges art and technology and lets you use your creativity every day with computer software as your canvas. Prepare for your career with hands-on graphic design software training in state-of-the-art computer labs. By graduation, you’ll have compiled an impressive portfolio that will help you wow employers and market yourself as an experienced graphic designer.

  • Train hands-on in Gateway’s exceptional computer labs on the Racine and Elkhorn campuses with instructors who have years of extensive design experience. Practice on projection, scanning, large format printing, 3D printing and photography equipment. 
  • Learn in the field by visiting design businesses and conferences or by participating in internships to gain professional experience working with real design businesses, as well as earning certificates in several disciplines. 
  • Showcase your work by participating in a district-wide design show, joining American Institute of Graphic Arts-Wisconsin (AIGA) and compiling an impressive portfolio that you can use to help you enter your career.
  • Become a graphic designer and begin a versatile career. With this degree, you could work for an agency, in-house design department, printing company, design agency or go freelance. The opportunities are endless!
  • Continue your education. Thanks to transfer agreements with area colleges, including Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Modern College of Design and UW-Parkside, many graduates of the Graphic Design program successfully transfer into a four-year degree program with junior status.
Program Credits



Elkhorn Campus, Online, Racine Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,111
Books & Supplies: $4,518

Start Dates

Spring, Fall

Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Graphic Designer, Publication Designer, Graphic Artist, Visual Design Specialist, Web Designer, Visual Communications Designer, Social Media Graphics Coordinator

Graphic Design Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.