Bachelor of Arts inGraphic Design (BA)

16

Fortune 500 Companies Headquartered in the Twin Cities

4,500+

Enrollment (1,400 on-campus undergraduates)

10

average number of student events per week

10 minutes

travel time to downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul

1893

the year Concordia was founded

Program Overview
Credit Hours: 48

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.

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.

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.