Graphic Design, B.A.

Program Overview

Do you get excited when you discover a new product with a brand that utilizes beautiful design? Do you obsess over a typeface, or take notice of a great advertising campaign? Do you wonder how your seemingly unrelated interests might be incorporated into a rewarding career? If so, you should consider a degree in graphic design.

Graphic design plays a critical role in our society. Designers partner and strategize with businesses, organizations, institutions, and agencies to create brand identity, and make information clear, understandable, accessible, and engaging across media. Design has the power to address social concern, change minds, influence behavior, and inspire action.

Majoring in graphic design at PLNU offers you a diverse education that prepares you to be a thoughtful designer with abilities to solve visual communication problems and work collaboratively in multidisciplinary environments. Students are exposed to design theory, business strategy, and new technologies, and use empathy to connect with stakeholders and end-users for innovative outcomes.

You will develop lifelong relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, and peers, and have the opportunity to create a wide professional network. You will also gain firsthand experience working on "real-world" projects for social good in interdisciplinary teams and producing exhibitions for public space, and may apply for many available on-campus paid graphic design jobs. Finally, the experiential learning continues with a required internship that will help hone your professional skills through practical application. When you graduate from the PLNU graphic design program, you will have a well-developed print and web portfolio, personal connections within the community, and the experience necessary for a vibrant career doing what you love.

Concentrations:

  • Marketing
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Interactive Web
  • Illustration

“My relationships with professors led me to devote my personal work toward spreading care toward others, and hopefully teaching others through my mistakes.”

Brian Archambault, Class of 2014
Graphic Design, B.A.

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If you are considering transferring to PLNU to join our graphic design program, check out our community college articulation agreement to see how your classes will transfer. 

To view an example of the major requirements for a Graphic Design, B.A. with and interdisciplinary minor, check out our advising guide

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The versatile set of skills you’ll develop by pursuing a degree in graphic design from PLNU will help you navigate career opportunities in print, interactive web, social media, and the built environment. PLNU graphic design alumni have held various positions at nonprofit faith-based organizations and corporate organizations like Chronicle Books, IDEO, MiresBall, Pottery Barn, Twitter, Wired magazine, and many more. PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that intersects your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and empathetic leader.

Student Profile

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Channin Fulton

The first time Channin Fulton considered herself an artist was while face painting for a summer job. She had painted a dolphin on a child’s face, after which the child exclaimed that he loved his dolphin and asked Channin, sweetly, if she was an artist. “I suppose I am,” she answered. Read more


Depending on the business context and stage of their career, designers can find themselves with a number of different job titles. Within many for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions, and agencies, a junior designer will typically rise to a senior designer, then art director, and then creative director. Depending on the industry served or the medium, the junior designer may be called a graphic designer, designer, visual designer, digital designer, or web designer.

A Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design can lead to the following careers:

  • Author
  • Animator
  • Production Artist
  • Production Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Information Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Motion Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Typeface Designer
  • Environmental Graphic Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Front-End Interface Designer (UI)
  • Experience Designer (UX)
  • Brand Strategist
  • Content Strategist
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Entrepreneurial Owner/Founder
  • Executive Creative Director
  • Head of Design
  • Chief Creative Officer
  • Graphic Design Educator
  • Prepress/Printing