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 and 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 Corporation

Menomonee Falls, WI


De Pere, WI


Sheboygan Falls, WI

Bic Graphic

Red Wing, MN


Minneapolis, MN

Colony Brands, Inc

Monroe, WI

Color Ink

Sussex, WI

Daily Printing, Inc.

Plymouth, MN

Global Printing, Inc.

Alexandria, VA

GLS Companies

Brooklyn Park, MN

Great Northern Corporation

Chippewa Falls, WI

Green Bay Packaging

Green Bay, WI

Imagine Print Solutions

Shakopee, MN

Inland Label

La Crosse, WI

IWCO Direct

Chanhassen, MN

Japs-Olson Company

St. Louis Park, MN

Letterhead Press

New Berlin, WI

Liberty Carton-Liberty Diversified International 

Minneapolis, MN


Eau Claire, WI

Menasha Packaging

Neenah, WI

Mittera Group

Des Moines, IA

Nosco, Inc.

Gurnee, IL

OEC Graphics, Inc.

Oshkosh, WI

Patterson Companies

Mendota Heights, MN

Philipp Lithographing Company

Grafton, WI

Powertex Group

Eau Claire, WI

Precision Color Graphics

Franklin, WI

Push Solutions

New Berlin, WI

Quad Graphics

Sussex, WI

Ripon Printers

Ripon, WI

Royle Printing

Sun Prairie, WI

RR Donnelley

Warrenville, IL


Shakopee, MN


Minneapolis, MN

Taylor Corporation

Mankato, MN

Tempt In-Store Productions

New Berlin, WI

The Marek Group

Waukesha, WI


Eagan, MN

Tilsner Carton Company

St. Paul, MN

US Government Printing Office

Washington D.C.

Wetzel Brothers, Inc.

Cudahy, WI

Worzalla Publishing

Stevens Point, WI

Wikoff Color Corporation

Roseville, MN

GCOM Advisory Committee

GCOM Advisory Committee

Darren Cotch Manager; Print Buying Target Corporation
Alex DeArmond Professor-Design UW Stout
Andrew Delong Lecturer / Program Director UW-Stout
Nancy Dibb Customer Service Manager Japs-Olson COmpany
Mike  Draver Senior VP and GM Letterhead Press
Steve  Fischer Color & Print Technology Manager HAVI
Emily Gustfason President Stout Typographical Society
Erik Haapakoski Graphics Supervisor American Packaging Corporation
Tim Hughes Director; Manufacturing Client Services Thomson-Reuters
Wendy Hunjadi Director; Sales Support Arandell Corporation
Bridget Johnson Senior Strategic Account Specialist Quad
Eric  Kuhn Business Development- Sales Manager Mittera
Joe  Lyman  President/CEO Great Lakes Graphics Association
Greg Meersman VP of Sales & Marketing Taylor Corporation-Commercial Print Group
Chad Nyseth Instructional Specialist UW-Stout
Kristin Piling-Davis Exective Director & Director of Education& Events Printing Industries Midwest
Jake Pomputis Account Executive Imagine
Kim Taylor Employee Engagement and Development Manager Nosco
Bethany Wheeler Instructor UW-Stout

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