B.F.A. Graphic Design & Interactive Media

Bring content to life through a career in print and web design.
Degree Type Bachelor of Fine Arts
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Develop the principles, practices and portfolio to engage audiences through visual solutions in any medium—from branding systems, advertising, packaging and publications to websites, mobile apps and UX.

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design & Interactive Media offers a progressive curriculum and hands-on learning experiences in a vibrant creative culture to prepare you for a career as a graphic designer in print design and interactive media industry. You’ll study with faculty who are practicing designers with diverse experiences and high standards. Our graduates have a high employment rate and outstanding support from alumni.

There are a variety of different career paths you can take with a degree in graphic design & interactive media. / UW-Stout

Two Concentrations

  • Communication Design: Explore graphic design through advertising, publication, packaging, motion graphics and more.
  • Interaction Design: Study interactive design across web, mobile app, and emerging screen-based media.

Our focused concentrations prepare you with the skills and flexibility to succeed and adapt in the rapidly changing graphic design and interactive media industry.

Program Accreditation

The Graphic Design & Interactive Media program provides a specialized education and is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.
UW-Stout's Game Design & Interactive Media program is NASAD accredited.


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Program Overview

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Career Opportunities

As a skilled designer, you'll find rewarding careers available in entertainment, advertising, and science and healthcare communications. Here are a few of our graduate's positions and employers:

  • Web Designer
  • Advertising/Marketing Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Brand Strategist
  • Interactive Designer
  • Art Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Communications Strategist
  • Logo and Identity Systems Designer
  • Application Designer
  • Interface Designer

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, multimedia artists and animators (which include digital media designers) earned a median annual wage of $63,970 and a median hourly wage of $30.76 in 2015. Payscale.com also reports that the annual salary for a digital designer ranges from $38,633-$81,041 as of October 2016.

25 Best Graphic Design Schools 2020

We ranked #5 in the top 25 bachelor's degrees in graphic design, based on median salary one year out of college!

There are a variety of different career paths you can take with a degree in graphic design & interactive media. The possibilities continue to grow in digital media.

"UW-Stout was an amazing experience for me. The professors and classes challenged me and taught me new ways to think. I flourished in the creative aspect of the program while learning the technical skills needed for a career."

-- Tiffany Weckwerth
B.F.A. Graphic Design and Interactive Media

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B.F.A. Admissions Requirements

New First-Year Students

Students admitted as Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) students will join an exciting community of first-year art and design students with classes and events geared towards preparing you for a successful application to the intended BFA program. 

As a student accepted into one of the six BFA programs, please be aware of the following:

  • You will be required to submit a portfolio in the spring semester of your freshman year to apply for acceptance into the intended BFA program. Portfolios will be evaluated by School of Art and Design faculty. Through your first-year experience, you will be given the tools and skills required to prepare and submit the portfolio, and the necessary support to navigate the application process.

Transfer Students

  • All transfer students will be admitted as a Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) student.  Upon acceptance information will be provided on how to submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of School of Art & Design faculty, who will determine direct admissions into the BFA major of your choice. 
  • Priority Deadlines: 
    • Spring Admission: October 1 at 9 a.m. CST  
    • Fall Admission: March 1 at 9 a.m. CST
  • Submissions may be made after the priority date; however, there is no guarantee when it will be reviewed for a decision nor what art-specific coursework you may be able to get into after the review is completed and whether or not registration for the next semester has begun.  There is a $10 application fee assessed at the time you electronically submit your portfolio.

Transfer students are considered for both fall and spring. This includes portfolio and essay submission by the priority deadline. Students applying for one of the BFA programs will remain admitted as a "Pre-BFA" student if you: 

  • do not submit a portfolio/essay 
    or
  • apply after the BFA program has closed 
    or
  • are not approved for the BFA program after submission of a portfolio/essay. 

You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters, depending upon available openings in the program. If needed, BFA Foundations courses will be available to "Pre-BFA" students pending seat availability. 

Program Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Members

MariaAlmDean, CAHSUW-Stout
DavidBeckDirector, SOADUW-Stout
ShelleyPechaChair, Department of DesignUW-Stout
AlexDeArmondProgram Director, BFA GDIMUW-Stout
KerriSoukupExecutive Creative Director, EVPLeo Burnett, Chicago
KristinShardlowPrincipal/OwnerKristin Shardlow Consulting, LLC
AndreaHydeSr. Manager, Associate Creative DirectorTarget
JesseLindhorstFounder and Design DirectorFriend & Fort
ColinSchyeDirector of Digital Product DesignBionic Giant
AngeWangSr. Director of UX Instruction & StrategyPrime Digital Academy
John StandishChief Strategy OfficerArtisan Venture Lab
Andy VitaleUX Design DirectorPolaris
JustinPeddycoartExperience ArchitectSalesforce
PatKavanaughDirector of Project ManagementFjorge
Student Rep PresidentAIGA Student Organization
Student Rep Vice PresidentAIGA Student Organization

Student Gallery

Our students gain experience working on real-world projects with a unique combination of concept and technical skills.
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Studios, Labs & Galleries

Modern studio classrooms provide open, creative environments for learning. Extensive open studio hours allow access to these spaces outside of class periods.

Two galleries are housed in the School of Art and Design, a student gallery and the John Furlong Gallery. These, along with other spaces on and off campus, provide student, faculty and outside exhibition opportunities throughout the academic year.

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