Graphic Design
Department of Art & Design

Graphic Design

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program
  • Minor Available

Discover principles of visual communication and creative design.

Graphic design may be the right degree for you if you

  • have a flair for creativity
  • enjoy working with technology
  • desire a fast-paced and competitive industry

Why study graphic design at Northwestern?

The graphic design program provides the techniques, technology, and critical-thinking strategies to create everything from magazine layouts, logos, websites, and print and digital media. You will learn fundamental technical and conceptual design from our industry-experienced faculty.

Our small classes enable caring faculty to provide one on one attention so you can grow in your faith as well as your design skills. Northwestern partners with other Christian colleges every year for students to showcase their professional design portfolios in a final capstone project.

We have facilities available for you to explore your creative side. Our school features a design lab equipped with updated software including:

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Mudbox
  • Motionbuilder
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Photoshop

Northwestern’s beautiful campus is only 15 minutes away from major art and design centers. Students can visit Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Swedish Institute.

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What can I do with a major in Graphic Design?

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in graphic design.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Graphic design
  • Package design
  • Layout design
  • Web layout design
  • Logo/brand design
  • Advertising design
  • Book/page/cover design
  • Illustration
  • Pre-press and printing
  • Sign/promotional display design
  • Computer or video game graphics design
  • Motion graphics design
  • Interactive media designer
  • Internal and external corporate communications
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of seniors feel faculty set high, clearly stated expectations
of graduates said their education professionals prepared them for their work
of internships said students were able to visualize, create, and manipulate a variety of artwork

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