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Visual & Performing Arts Majors

Graphic Design

Art & Design students receive hands-on experience with technology and design problem solving with guidance from a full-time faculty member. At the heart of this practical approach to technology and design is graphic design instruction that stresses sound design process and proficient computer skills. It is this combination that produces award-winning portfolios for Grand View Art & Design graduates.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Foundations of Drawing I
  • Foundations of Drawing II
  • Principles of Design I
  • Principles of Design II

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Sophomore/Transfer Portfolio Review
  • Graphic Design I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Graphic Design III
  • Graphic Design IV
  • Graphic Design V
  • Interactive Design I
  • Interactive Design II
  • Graphic Design Capstone

Plus 6 credit hours of art history from the following:

  • Survey of the History of Art I
  • Survey of the History of Art II
  • The History of Graphic Design
  • Visual Culture and Rhetoric
  • Twentieth Century Art History
  • Special Topics in Art History

Plus 12 additional hours of Arts electives

To see detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

Grand View Graphic Design majors have been very successful in the professional community. Strong emphasis on computer technology and excellent design training have given Grand View graduates a competitive edge.

Graduates of our program work for advertising agencies, magazine and book publishers, and newspapers. Freelance illustration and design as well as design studios provide other career options for our alumni.

Professional Positions

• Younkers
• Iowa Health System
• Sticks
• Des Moines Publishing
• Woodsmith
• Relationship Marketing Inc.
• Mercy Hospital Medical Center
• Gasoline Graphics
• Flynn/Wright Inc.
• Meredith Corporation
• Sayles Graphic Design
• The Principal Financial Group
• Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
• Meyocks & Priebe Advertising Inc.
• Competitive Edge Signage & Graphics
• The Vernon Company
• Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
• Type-O-Graphics Two, Inc.
• The Des Moines Register


Students at Grand View have had internships throughout the Greater Des Moines area. A sample of these internship locations includes:

• The Des Moines Register
• Mercy Hospital Medical Center
• State of Iowa Department of Development
• Cityview
• August Home Publishing
• Meredith Corporation
• Iowa Health System
• Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
• PyroGraphics
• Thomas C. Porter & Associates
• Sticks


Students entering Grand View’s art program may apply for art scholarships. Financial aid for each student is personalized regarding academic as well as individual need for assistance. Art professors review incoming student portfolios to determine scholarship awards. A renewable scholarship ranging from $500 - $2,000 is awarded to full-time day students who demonstrate talent in art and major in Graphic Design, Graphic Journalism, Art Education or Visual Arts.  

To qualify, students must:

  • Visit campus.
  • Meet with the Chair of the Art Department.
  • Be recommended by the department.
  • Apply and be accepted for admission.

If you’re interested in a portfolio review, click here for details.  

Reference Documents

2017-18 Requirements

Graphic Design Major

Art Minor

2015-16 Requirements

Graphic Design Major

Art Minor

2014-15 Requirements

Graphic Design Major

Art Minor

2013-14 Requirements

Graphic Design Major

Art Minor

2012-13 Requirements

Graphic Design Major

Art Minor

2010-12 Requirements

Graphic Design Major

Art Minor