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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?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites (12 credits)

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

ARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing I 3 credits
ARTS 102 Foundations of Drawing II 3 credits
ARTS 103 Principles of Design I 3 credits
ARTS 104 Principles of Design II: Digital Media 3 credits

Requirements (45 credits)

ARTS 199 Sophomore/Transfer Portfolio Review 0 credits
ARTS 240 Creative Process 3 credits
ARTS 261 Graphic Design I 3 credits
ARTS 265 Graphic Design II 3 credits
ARTS 300 Graphic Design III 3 credits
ARTS 361 Graphic Design IV 3 credits
ARTS 401 Graphic Design V 3 credits
ARTS 245 Interactive Design I 3 credits
ARTS 335 Interactive Design II 3 credits
ARTS 470 Graphic Design Capstone 3 credits

Select 6 Hours of Art History

ARTS 231 Survey of the History of Art I 3 credits
ARTS 232 Survey of the History of Art II 3 credits
ARTS 340 The History of Graphic Design 3 credits
ARTS / ENGL 330 Visual Culture and Rhetoric 3 credits
ARTS 342 Twentieth Century Art History 3 credits
ARTS 431 Topics in Art History 3 credits

Choose 12 additional hours of arts electives

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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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