Media Design

Good design is at the heart of effective communication, especially in today’s distraction-laden world. As a Media Design major, you’ll learn to express your creativity through graphic design, text, photography, video, digital illustration and animation — and how to integrate these elements into impressive multimedia communication that captures attention and engages users. This exciting field is ideal for inventive, tech-savvy women who love to communicate through digital media.

Customize your studies
This flexible interdisciplinary major allows you to blend courses in art, communication and media, and there’s room to customize further based on your career interests. For example, you might minor in business if you want to work in e-marketing or content development, history if you want to work with museums, political science if you want to get involved in political campaigns or math if you plan to focus on infographics.

Beautiful and useful
You’ll master the fundamentals of design and learn how to make beautiful, technically sophisticated digital media using creative tools from the Adobe Creative Cloud and other applications. But because this major is rooted in communication, you’ll also learn how to develop communication strategies to ensure that your work is as effective as it is beautiful. Your knowledge of media theory will help you understand your audience and meet the communication needs of diverse clients.

The skills you need to succeed
Thanks to Alverno’s unique abilities-based curriculum, you’ll develop excellent communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. These skills will serve you well in the workplace, where clients will ask you to identify communication problems and find their solutions. And because our students work on projects for actual clients, you’ll have experience solving real-world communication challenges before you even graduate. Many of our Media Design majors also sharpen their skills through other on-campus activities by designing websites and print marketing pieces for student organizations.

Internships for the Media Design major
You’ll find no shortage of internship opportunities in Milwaukee, the media hub of the state. Alverno’s Internship Office, which is connected to more than 2,000 partner sites, can help you find the right internship to advance your goals. Past students have interned at advertising agencies, at web development firms, in digital and social media marketing departments at companies, and in photography studios, as well as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, Marcus Promotions and the United Performing Arts Fund, among other sites.

How you can use your degree
This versatile major prepares you for a variety of career paths. Depending on your area of interest, you might develop websites, create web content, work on a video production team, document special events through photography or run a social media campaign. Some of our graduates work for advertising agencies or marketing and communication departments of major companies and nonprofit organizations, while others freelance for a variety of clients.


Have questions about studying Media Design at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Dara Larson
Media Design Program Director and Chair of the Art Department