Graphic Communication

Graphic communication surrounds us, from web pages to the logo on your sweatshirt, the cover of your cereal box and the apps on your phone. Graphic communication is the successful integration of words and images to craft meaningful and effective communication. We’re visual beings, after all. An education in graphic communication will teach you how to properly employ design principles and use the tools of design to craft efficient messaging—and how to analyze and critique design. You’ll develop creative abilities and technical skills that translate to a wide variety of potential careers.

"I get to interact with outstanding graphic communication faculty on a daily basis!"

— Gaby Lazcano '19

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About the Graphic Communication Major

In Carroll University’s graphic communication program, you’ll learn about the principles of design, color theory, typography, digital video, photography, 3-d design and multimedia production. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of graphic communication theory and the digital tools needed to create effective design, whether in print or digital media. In addition to working with state-of-the-art software and hardware to create print, web, video and cutting-edge digital projects, you’ll take courses in marketing, communications, computer science and art.

Through additional course offerings from the art and business departments, you’ll develop your creative skills and learn about marketing as well. And our connections with the local professional design community mean numerous internships are available, where you’ll gain real-world experiences and networking opportunities. The major culminates with a capstone project where you’ll work alongside professional clients to develop actual marketing pieces. The project is customized to fit your particular abilities and interests. You’ll create professional-quality work and finish with a portfolio ready for your first job interviews.

Students with graphic communication skills are an asset to any company, non-profit, or small business. The skills you acquire through this program will make you more marketable and desirable to hiring professionals in the industry. Our graduates work as graphic designers, creative directors, art directors, photographers and web developers.


In addition to the graphic communication major, Carroll offers two minors that complement many areas of study:


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. GRC alumni have obtained jobs at:

  • Quad/Graphics Inc.
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Disney
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Milwaukee Opera Theatre
  • CPI Promotions
  • Capture Marketing
  • PJL Associates
  • Sky High Marketing
  • Saturn Lounge
  • Majoc Productions
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Core Creative


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

Latest Program News

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Carroll Ranked Seventh in Graphic Design


Carroll University has been ranked seventh on a list of the 25 top schools offering bachelor's degrees in graphic design, according to GradReports’ 2020 Best Colleges list.

Marissa Garretto

A Life Changing Experience


Marissa Garetto '17 journeyed to Japan for a cross-cultural experience. Now a graduate, she has moved back to Japan to continue exploring the culture.

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“Since a young age, I have always had a passion for art and design.”
— Mackenzie Schmitt '17

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Meet the Faculty

Daniel Becker

Daniel Becker

Assistant Professor and Director of Graphic Communications
Michael Mortensen

Michael Mortensen

Distinguished Lecturer of Graphic Communication
Julie VonDerVellen

Julie VonDerVellen

Assistant Professor of Graphic Communication
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