The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Graphic Design combines rigorous studio arts experiences with required courses in relevant disciplines of the social sciences, communication, and business. Students are actively challenged to consider their roles as a makers and creators within broader industry contexts and systems.
Why should I study graphic design?
Designed objects and images exist all around us. Designers are culture constructors. They bring brands and products to life, manifest movements, motivate, engage, and serve people. They make information accessible. Designers are complex problem solvers with individuals in mind.
Students who are interested in graphic design want to make a difference in the world. They want to make it a more beautiful, useful, and inspiring place. They are strategizers, innovators, creative thinkers, dreamers, doers, and makers looking for an education that will help them hone these skills and put these traits to work.
That's where we come in. Bethel's graphic design program is an integrative experience that allows students to choose an emphasis in business, communication, or anthropology/sociology. This component equips and challenges students to apply their design practice by using visual and strategic communication skills to address real-world problems across disciplines.
What can I do with this degree?
Because graphic design is a high-demand and versatile discipline, our graduates work in a number of fields including:
- Corporate communication
- Editorial design
Whether working as part of an agency or in-house design team, or creating in a freelance capacity, graduates hold roles such as:
- Studio owner
- Freelance designer
- Art director
- Web designer
- User interface designer
- User experience designer
- Production designer
- Motion graphic designer
Our alumni are currently working as:
- Graphic Designer at 10K Research and Marketing
- User experience designer at Honeywell
- Web designer at the Star Tribune
- Owner of Barsuhn Design
What skills will I develop?
- From typography to web design, you’ll gain proficiency in industry-standard software
- An understanding of the essential principles of graphic design
- The ability to work through complex design problems that require you to pull from studio experiences and interdisciplinary knowledge
- Practical skills required when designing for real-world projects and scenarios
- Professional skills such as knowing how to create a polished portfolio and develop an original body of work
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Participate in Design Club activities
The Design Club student group hosts community-engaging events like the twice-annual poster sale. The club also attends local design lectures, and participates in professional and portfolio development activities.
Gain hands-on experience
The Twin Cities area boasts numerous design shops, agencies, start-ups, and in-house design opportunities. Recently, graphic design students have conducted internships with area design groups, publishing houses, in-house teams, and non-profits including Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge and Urban Ventures.
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The Art Department at Bethel was an incredibly formative place for me. You'll find kind and genuinely caring experts who will propel you forward in your artistic, spiritual, and professional journey and provide a unique, personalized experience.Elise Valley '10
Current job: Pre-K Through Grade 12 Art Teacher, Legacy Christian Academy
After graduation I interned at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, which turned into a job. I also had the opportunity to show in Vienna, Austria, because of an invitation from a professor.Sarah Lee '12
Current job: Artist, Coordinator at Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Art professors go above and beyond for students open to challenge as they pursue their art careers. Many Bethel alums are still active in the art world and have successful careers. We've developed a growing, active national alumni network.Allison Peller '08
Current job: Curator, First Things Gallery, New York City