Bachelor of Arts inGraphic Design (BA)

Majoring in Graphic Design involves the study of basic design along with digital art making. What are the techniques and concepts of design using computer technology? What role does color theory play in advertising and marketing? How do you develop a personal artistic voice via graphic design? You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in the commercial or applied arts world as you take 45 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Graphic Design (BA) Curriculum Overview

Creative professions like graphic design provide satisfying and rewarding careers for talented and strategic-minded visual artists and communicators. The Concordia graphic design major offers a unique emphasis on the art and craft of typography and applied graphic design practice. Interwoven throughout this program are communication and interactive studies and the practices of new and emerging digital media.

Whether engaging traditional or new media, the design principles one acquires through training and practice remain the same. Early sequential courses are structured to stress advanced craft, theory, process, and technical skills to ensure refined success in later project work. Advanced courses and the senior project capstone experience can be customized to reflect the individual interests one may have in such areas as institutional branding and identity, new media, web development and interactivity, package design, publication design, advertising, illustration, signage and exhibition design, sustainability, spirituality, or social change.

Graphic design majors are taught by an experienced faculty of active professionals with close ties to the vibrant Twin Cities creative community. As noted above, there is 24-hour access to a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab with the latest Adobe software and large format digital printing, plus direct exposure to some of the most recognized graphic designers and design firms in the country.


Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source:
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source:

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Meet Your Professors

John DuFresne Term Faculty of Graphic Design Art

DuFresne brings 25 years of higher education experience in visual communications, including the development of award-winning design programs at two previous academic institutions.

Keith Williams Department of Art Chairperson, Professor of Art and Art History

Keith's passion for art and for quality teaching has led him to do workshops across the United States, to jury ceramic exhibition and to exhibit his own work.

Stephanie Hunder Professor of Art

Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking and digital media at Concordia where she is Department Chair, Gallery Director and Professor of Art.

Cate Vermeland Term Faculty in Art

Cate has a passion for making art accessible to all and has created numerous Community Art activities on campus.

Career Potential

Our graphic design program is responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a graphic/web designer, illustrator, art director, liturgical artist, community arts organizer, art teacher or other art-related professional.

  • Art Director
  • Art Professor
  • Art Teacher
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Exhibitions Curator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic/Web Design
  • Illustrator
  • Liturgical Artist
  • Photographer
  • Studio Artist
Student Success Stories Bert Lee ’17 - Graphic Design

"My courses are teaching me new techniques and my professors are helping me improve my skills so I'll be ready for my career."

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