Fox Valley Technical College - Appleton, WI | Wisconsin Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Fox Valley Technical College

School Summary
1825 N Bluemound Dr
Appleton, WI 54912
(920) 735-5600
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Fox Valley Technical College

Fox Valley Technical College is located in the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, situated along the Fox River in the eastern portion of the state. Appleton is home to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the home of the Broadway Across America Fox Cities series, the Boldt Arts Alive! series, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Education Series, and the Fox Valley Symphony. The main art venue in the city is the Appleton Art Center, established in 1960 and featuring permanent and traveling art exhibitions, classes for children and adults, and special annual events such as Art in the Park.

In 1911, the first vocational and adult education system in the nation was established in the state of Wisconsin. In 1912, vocation schools were formed at six locations within the Fox Valley district to provide workforce development training. In 1967, the Wisconsin legislature divided the state into additional districts, leading to the formation of Fox Valley Technical Institute. In 1987, the college was renamed and became known as Fox Valley Technical College. FVTC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

FVTC offers a two-year AAS degree program in interior design. The program requires completion of the school's general studies program as well as technical courses within the area of study. Required courses include sales principles, fundamentals of design, basic interior design, color theory, textiles, drafting for interior design, commercial design, business principles, illustration, and visual display. Students also complete at least one internship and choose electives from a suggested list including an interior design study tour, computer basics for design, and specializations such as flooring and wall finishes.

In addition, FVTC offers a two-year AAS degree program in printing and publishing, an aspect of graphic design. Students must complete the general studies track and the technical studies coursework for the program, with courses in desktop publishing, graphic reproduction methods, design and copy preparation, color theory, and a graphic arts internship. Students then choose either press or pre-press as a track of further study. The press track includes courses in multi-color presswork, ink and paper, and color measurement for the graphic arts. The pre-press track includes additional study in desktop publishing, image assembly, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and scanning.

The FVTC Foundation awards scholarships to students based on varying criteria, including academic success, extracurricular activities, and financial need. The scholarships provided are funded by individuals and local, state and national businesses and organizations. The Foundation administers two scholarship rounds per year for currently enrolled FVTC students, and one for high school seniors planning to attend FVTC. Students must complete an application kit and submit it with two teacher evaluations for consideration. Completion of this kit will allow students to be considered for all available scholarships.

Student life at FVTC is active, with over 30 clubs and organizations available for students to join. Students can choose academic clubs to enhance a resume and build a social or career network, or choose a club that connects people with similar interests just for fun. There are clubs available for those within a design field of study. The interior design club is open to all students, especially those within the interior design department. Activities include guest speakers, community projects, school activities, and parties. Each year a member of the club is awarded the FVTC Interior Design Club Scholarship. Graphic design and printing clubs include Impressions Unlimited and Flexographic Printing.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,