The Graphic Journalism major actively combines the skills needed to write effective communication and to design visual materials in an aesthetic and communicative manner. You'll prepare for ever-expanding career opportunities in communications firms, public relations departments, advertising firms, and on in-house publications. Coursework in the areas of computer graphics, graphic design, writing, and editing make this a unique combination. You'll become proficient in computer software applications for graphic design and in writing ... and produce a professional portfolio of samples that combine talents from both writing and graphic design.
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Courses and Requirements
Principles of Design II: Digital Media
Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:
Digital Video & Audio
Publication Design Essentials
Feature Writing OR Advanced Reporting
Advanced Journalism Lab
Interactive Design I
Visual Culture and Rhetoric
Graphic Design I
Graphic Design II
Graphic Design III
Graphic Design IV
Advanced Digital Imaging
Graphic Design V
Sophomore/Transfer Portfolio Review
Multimedia Career Seminar OR Graphic Design Capstone
Successful senior portfolio submission
To see detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.
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.
• Iowa Health System
• Des Moines Publishing
• 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
Elective internship opportunities will be available with corporations and companies in communication departments to give students on-the-job experience before graduation.