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Graphic Design Major

If you are interested in turning your passion for art into a career or learning new skills, Grand View's graphic design program may be right for you. You’ll learn the basics of good design, which include the way type (style of lettering) and images are used to make visual statements. Whether your goal is to work in print or multimedia, you’ll learn to use the cutting-edge computer programs that every graphic designer today needs to know. 

At the heart of graphic design instruction, our faculty stress the importance of sound design and proficient computer skills. It is this combination that produces award-winning portfolios for graduates.

Why Grand View?

  • Faculty committed to teaching and learning through active scholarship and involvement in the local arts community.
  • A rich and diverse experience in a wide variety of media.
  • Focus on developing broad art skills that give you more options in the job market.
  • Internships with a wide variety of local agencies, non-profits and major corporations.
  • Help design Grand View's award-winning honors magazine.
Career Options

The graphic design program at Grand View will prepare you for a wide variety of design careers. Your future awaits as a:

  • Package Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Litigation Graphics
  • Infographics Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Presentation Specialist
  • Web Production Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Layout Designer
  • Motion Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Production Artist

What Can I Do With This Major?

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Student Testimonials

Rachel SchwallerRachel Schwaller

“Rachel has been an exceptional professor and mentor during my 4 years at Grand View. She influences me to take risks and has helped me process and talk about what I want to say as an artist. In the fall, Rachel offered her time to personally meet with me on several occasions to talk through ideas and to help me prepare for graduate school. I appreciate and value the honest feedback and helpful advice she provides. I look up to her not only because of all the hard work and energy she puts into her practice as an artist but the passion she brings when she is teaching. I want to thank her for believing in me, helping me through my failures, and for always listening.” - McKenna Quandt


Aaron TinderAaron Tinder

“Aaron has been a huge motivator, supporter, and mentor in the months that I have been at Grand View. I'm not sure that I would have found my career path if it weren't for Aaron. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I wasn't completely sure. He described the way I fit perfectly into the role of a high school art teacher. He mentioned how he sees my abilities in my interaction with my classmates. His support and direction solidified my idea and made me excited to graduate and to get out into the workforce. He supports every good idea, adjusts and guides when necessary, and provides all the tools that I need to succeed. I greatly appreciate his open mind, his dedication to myself and my peers, and his ability to see creativity everywhere.” - Chloe Vogel


Dr. Cyndi WileyDr. Cyndi Wiley

“Cyndi has always gone above and beyond for not only me, but many other art students as well. She is always there to help with not only advising, but with our art work and is always there for us. She makes students feel welcome and is always encouraging. To sum it up she is the bomb.com!” - Taylor Eckstrom

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Awards and Accomplishments

2015-16 Bonfire staff nationally recognized for their work in the production of Bonfire Magazine.

  • The team won three awards at the 2016 edition of the College Media Association's Pinnacle Awards competition.
  • First prize in the "Best Feature Spread" category for the story "After the Killing Fields."
  • Second place prize in the "Best House Ad" category for a type-heavy ad outlining the mission of the staff.
  • Recognized for the "Best Sports Spread" category.

The Sky Is the Limit

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for graphic designers is $44,150.
  • Within six months of graduation, 98% of Grand View's graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school or volunteering in their field.
  • You’ll be well prepared for a job in your field right after college.
  • In addition, you’ll have strong writing and analytical skills that are essential for pursuing a graduate degree in computer science, communication or other fields.
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