Graphic Design

Graphic design surrounds us, from web pages to the logo on your sweatshirt, the cover of your cereal box and the apps on your phone. Graphic design is the successful integration of words and images to craft meaningful and effective communication. We’re visual beings, after all. An education in graphic design 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.

Tiera White '22

Graphic Design

“I would like to be a creative director for a professional sports team.

“I came into Carroll not confident about my major choice of graphic design. The ability to explore while confirming my interest in the graphic communication program was awesome. After taking classes with the professors within the program, I knew that I had made the right choice. The curriculum was interesting and challenging, which pushed me to become a stronger student.

“The liberal arts education that I’ve received at Carroll has helped me develop transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving, and applying knowledge and skills in real-world settings. When I think about how Pio Core has impacted me, I think of knowledge, awareness, and attitude. The Pio Core focuses on informing us about different subjects, but mainly culture. Over the course of my studies, I have noticed that knowledge has made me aware, and awareness has changed my attitude for the better.”

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About the Graphic Design Major

In Carroll University’s graphic design program, you’ll learn about the principles of design, color theory, typography, digital video, photography, 3D design and multimedia production. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of graphic design 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 design 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 design 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.

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

— Gaby Lazcano '19

Read Gaby's story

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