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The graphic design minor fosters creative potential and visual acuity. Students learn how to communicate efficiently, solve problems creatively, and design systems, processes, products, and interfaces with users in mind.

Why should I study graphic design?

Design is an essential part of modern business. Employees in many different fields work with design components on a daily basis, because graphic images bring brands and products to life. Students minoring in graphic design gain a comprehensive understanding of the need for images and ways to create them through courses including art history, digital media, typography and upper-level graphic design. The skills learned in these classes are valuable assets that can set you apart in a wide range of professional environments.

What can I do with this degree?

With a graphic design minor, you'll be equipped to create, evaluate, and participate in graphic design initiatives and activities. A graphic design minor pairs well with majors such as business, communication, journalism, or art and positions students to work collaboratively on/with design teams.

What skills will I develop?

  • From typography to web design, you’ll gain proficiency in industry-standard software
  • An understanding of essential graphic design principles
  • The ability to design for real-world projects and scenarios
  • The ability to interface effectively with design teams and individuals in a professional setting

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Get involved with Design Club

  • Organize and participate in Bethel's twice-annual poster sale
  • Attend local design lectures with the club
  • Participate in professional and portfolio development activities

Gain internship experience

The Twin Cities area boasts numerous design shops, agencies, start-ups, and in-house design opportunities—allowing students to gain essential experiences outside the classroom. Recently, graphic design students have conducted internships with area design groups, publishing houses, in-house teams, and nonprofits including:

  • Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
  • Urban Ventures

Benefit from cross-departmental collaboration

Successful graphic design work relies on collaboration, which is why we encourage students from any discipline to consider a graphic design minor and also seek out opportunities for graphic design students and classes to partner with other academic departments and real-world businesses. These efforts have resulted in major successes for our students on a professional level. Most recently, students who participated in the 2017 journalism and design J-Term trip Textura used their experiences and varying skillsets to publish a magazine, which won two national awards from the University & College Designers Association as well as an Associated Collegiate Press national title of Best Feature Magazine. 


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