B.S. Graphic Communications

Are you interested in design, visual communications, graphic arts, digital software or printing? 
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Delivery On Campus

UW-Stout's B.S. Graphic Communications (GCOM) program combines creative, analytical and technical studies. The program's design, technology and project management focus prepares you for a dynamic career. Graphic communication careers are attractive to students with diverse interests. We encouraged you to take a look at our unique interdisciplinary program.

Note: Admission to the B.S. Graphic Communications program has been temporarily suspended. While the program is not currently accepting applications, we are working diligently on a new program structure with the hopes of reopening enrollment for Fall 2024. If you will begin your education at UW-Stout before Fall 2024, our college and industry partners encourage you to discover the natural alignment between your professional interest in graphic communications and these related career-focused degree programs:

Our graduates pursue challenging and rewarding careers in business, digital imagery, marketing, digital technologies, media and graphics. / UW-Stout

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.



How you will learn

You'll learn how graphic communication specialists communicate ideas, instructions and concepts. From design to production, you'll train in all phases of a finished graphics product.

Technology has transformed the way people create, distribute and work with graphics. Our hands-on design, imaging and print labs have the most current software and digital technologies:

  • InDesign™
  • Photoshop™
  • Illustrator™
  • Acrobat™
  • HTML editors
  • Esko™ DeskPack for package design
  • XMPie™ for variable data
  • Kodak Prinergy™ for prepress 
  • Preps™ for Imposition

Industry experienced faculty will guide you through the creation and fabrication of graphic prototypes. You'll also develop strong foundation skills in project and business management.


99% of Graphic Communications Graduates are Employed or Continuing their Education

Perfect fit for a creative problem-solver

If you are a find the solution and make it work person, you are a perfect fit for graphic communications! Our interdisciplinary program will teach you:

  • Printing production processes
  • Marketing campaign management and deployment 
  • Digital design project management 
  • Digital workflows and structured automation
  • Business practices used in graphic communications
  • Variable data applications across media 
  • Marketing channels applied to print, web, and social media
  • Digital graphics software use and associated applied technologies 
  • Project management and logistics for graphics production

You will graduate ready for a successful career in printing, imaging, marketing, media and graphics.


Graphic Media & Print Management Minor

Build on your current creative, technical, business and management course skills to solve problems, analyze needs, and plan graphic projects.
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Alumni Testimonials

AlumniStories: Megan Albrecht

B.S. Graphic Communications Management, 2013 Graduate
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Danielle Komro

Stout allowed me to earn a quality education, to grow as a strong leader that will be dedicated to the Graphic Communications industry and the communities I shall call home.

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Careers & Employers

Your knowledge of how digital content originates will prepare you for a career as:

  • Sales Representatives
  • Media Buyers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Estimators
  • Creative Artists
  • Publishers
  • Pre-press Specialists
  • Digital Content Management
  • Web Developers
  • Packaging Account Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Technical Trainers
  • Graphics Coordinators
  • Web Analytics Professionals
  • Production Workflow Managers
  • Schedulers
  • Production Operations Management
  • Quality Management Directors
  • Process Improvement Specialists
  • Research & Development Specialists
  • Logistics Managers
  • Purchasing Administrator
  • Materials Management Officer
  • Fulfillment & Operations Specialists
  • Shipping Expert
  • Material Handling Director
  • Inventory Management Advisor
  • Equipment Sales & Support
  • Software Developers
  • Supply Distributors
  • Director of Manufacturing 

Stout Graduates at Work

Arandell CorporationMenomonee Falls, WI
BelmarkDe Pere, WI
BemisSheboygan Falls, WI
Bic GraphicRed Wing, MN
CGSMinneapolis, MN
Colony Brands, IncMonroe, WI
Color InkSussex, WI
Daily Printing, Inc.Plymouth, MN
Global Printing, Inc.Alexandria, VA
GLS CompaniesBrooklyn Park, MN
Great Northern CorporationChippewa Falls, WI
Green Bay PackagingGreen Bay, WI
Imagine Print SolutionsShakopee, MN
Inland LabelLa Crosse, WI
IWCO DirectChanhassen, MN
Japs-Olson CompanySt. Louis Park, MN
Letterhead PressNew Berlin, WI
Liberty Carton-Liberty Diversified International Minneapolis, MN
Menard’sEau Claire, WI
Menasha PackagingNeenah, WI
Mittera GroupDes Moines, IA
Nosco, Inc.Gurnee, IL
OEC Graphics, Inc.Oshkosh, WI
Patterson CompaniesMendota Heights, MN
Philipp Lithographing CompanyGrafton, WI
Powertex GroupEau Claire, WI
Precision Color GraphicsFranklin, WI
Push SolutionsNew Berlin, WI
Quad GraphicsSussex, WI
Ripon PrintersRipon, WI
Royle PrintingSun Prairie, WI
RR DonnelleyWarrenville, IL
ShutterflyShakopee, MN
TargetMinneapolis, MN
Taylor CorporationMankato, MN
Tempt In-Store ProductionsNew Berlin, WI
The Marek GroupWaukesha, WI
Thomson-ReutersEagan, MN
Tilsner Carton CompanySt. Paul, MN
US Government Printing OfficeWashington D.C.
Wetzel Brothers, Inc.Cudahy, WI
Worzalla PublishingStevens Point, WI
Wikoff Color CorporationRoseville, MN
GCOM Advisory Committee

GCOM Advisory Committee

DarrenCotchPackaging Director, Owned BrandsTarget Corporation
AlexDeArmondProfessor-DesignUW Stout
AndrewDelongLecturer / Program DirectorUW-Stout
NancyDibbCustomer Service ManagerJaps-Olson COmpany
Mike DraverSenior VP and GMLetterhead Press
Steve FischerColor & Print Technology ManagerHAVI
EmilyGustfasonPresidentStout Typographical Society
ErikHaapakoskiGraphics SupervisorAmerican Packaging Corporation
TimHughesDirector; Manufacturing Client ServicesThomson-Reuters
WendyHunjadiDirector; Sales SupportArandell Corporation
BridgetJohnsonSenior Strategic Account SpecialistQuad
Eric KuhnBusiness Development- Sales ManagerMittera
Joe Lyman President/CEOGreat Lakes Graphics Association
GregMeersmanVP of Sales & MarketingTaylor Corporation-Commercial Print Group
ChadNysethInstructional SpecialistUW-Stout
KristinPiling-DavisExective Director & Director of Education& EventsPrinting Industries Midwest
JakePomputisAccount ExecutiveImagine
KimTaylorEmployee Engagement and Development ManagerNosco

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