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Graphic Design

Bachelor of Arts, Department of Art

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Degree Overview

Graphic designers plan and execute designs for visual communication according to the needs of audiences and clients. The graphic design major includes courses, beginning in the freshman year, that apply knowledge of art, design, typography, illustration, and digital technologies with the intent to interpret, inform, instruct, or persuade in consideration of physical, human, social, and cognitive factors

Degree Objectives

  • Students will be prepared to adapt to the continuing changes in the professional landscape while relying on the basic principles of good design and communication.
  • Students will engage in critical thinking to communicate visually, to utilize rigorous research methods, and to develop a personal process.
  • The program will provide exposure to the discipline through technical development, investigation of theory and history, conceptual thinking, research, play, and collaboration, preparing graduates to go into entry-level graphic design jobs and freelance work; or potentially, to develop a career path that moves into marketing, digital media, or continue on to graduate level studies.

Related Career

  • Art Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Photographer
  • Photo Editor
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer


Bryan Park, MFA
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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  • John Haigh, M.Arch AIA
    Assistant Professor of Architecture
  • Susan Leo, MFA
    Assistant Professor of Art
  • Christopher Miller, Ph.D.
    Professor and Program Director of Architecture
  • Bryan Park, MFA
    Associate Professor and Chair of Art
  • Gary Rittermeyer, MFA
    Adjunct Instructor of Art
  • Laura Tyler
    Adjunct Instructor of Art
  • Jay Wallace, MFA
    Assistant Professor of Art

Freshman Year

ART-1000Drawing I3
ART-1010Foundations of 2-D Design3
MCOM-1500Digital Media Foundations3
THEO-1110Introduction to Theology3
ENGL-1010English Composition3
GNST-1000Benedictine Experience1
ART-1030Foundations of 3-D Design3
ART-2800Basic Digital Photography3
MCOM-1610Layout and Design3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Mathematical Reasoning Foundation3-4

Sophomore Year

ART-2300Graphic Design I3
ART-2500Printmaking I3
Foreign Language4
Faith or Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
ART-3301Graphic Design II3
ART-3412Art History II3
Foreign Language4
Natural World Foundation w/o Lab3

Junior Year

ART-3414History of Photography3
Natural World Foundation w/ lab4
Faith or Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
ART-341320th Century Art3
MKTG-3100Principles of Marketing3
Graphic Design Elective3
Faith or Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1

Summer Internship (0-4 Credits)

Senior Year

ART-XXXXDesign Thinking and Practice3
Graphic Design Elective3
Faith or Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
EXSCFitness Course1
ART-XXXXDesign for Social Good3
ART-XXXXSenior Campaign1
JOUR-4750Mass Media Law and Ethics3
Global Perspective3

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts with Art Therapy Specialization
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
  • Minor in Art