School of Art & Design
Graphic Design and Digital Imaging
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B.A. Graphic Design and Digital Imaging

The Department of Art fosters excellence, individuality, and diversity while encouraging freedom of thought, imagination, and honest, open inquiry in order to develop and expand students’ creative, intellectual, and aesthetic development through its commitment to quality programs in studio art, art history and graphic design.

Graphic designers combine artistic ability with technical knowledge to create designs used in print and electronic media. Our first-year courses introduce students to graphics software, typography and design fundamentals that are essential for a deeper understanding of Graphic Design. Second-year students apply these skills in a unique instructional setting that blends marketing and advertising concepts with art creation. A fourth semester course prepares students for employment through career and portfolio development.

The graphic designer’s employment opportunities are varied and competitive. Designers find employment as graphic designers and graphic artists with advertising agencies, printing companies, photo studios corporate art departments and publishers; in public relations firms; and as free-lance designers.

The Art Department has adopted the following learning outcomes. Upon graduation, students with degrees from the Department of Art should possess:

  • a developed visual sensitivity;
  • technical skills, perceptual development, and understanding of principles of visual organization sufficient to achieve basic visual communication and expression in one or more media;
  • ability to make workable connections between concept and media;
  • familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and present, both in Western and non-Western worlds;
  • an understanding that the nature of contemporary thinking on art and design, and have gained at least a rudimentary discernment of quality in design projects and works of art.


Major Requirements – 48 credits
University Core Requirements – 50 credits
Electives – 30 credits
TOTAL – 128 credits

If you would like additional information or have questions about our program, please contact Diane Stenersen at or 336.888.6355.


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