Graphic Design


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Department Head: Colin McLain
Advising Coordinator: Amber Bergthold
Phone: 479-788-7574
Department Website:  Art and Graphic Design

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans:


The Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design prepares students to work in a wide variety of jobs within the visual communication field. The program emphasizes creative and technical solutions to design problems encountered in the workplace, including logo, brochure, package, advertising and identity design, copywriting, photography direction, digital media, and illustration. Production, pre-press, and printing issues are also stressed. Upon completion of the program, the student will have a completed portfolio and be prepared to work for advertising agencies, design studios, television stations, corporatedesign firms, and other graphic related industries.

What can you do with a degree in Graphic Design?

  • Graphic designer
  • Art director
  • Illustrator
  • Production artist
  • Creative director
  • Freelance illustrator
  • Web designer

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Why should you choose to major in Graphic Design?

  • The degree plan and classes are career/job oriented
  • Students win awards in various local, regional, and national design competitions
  • The program has very strong ties to industry
  • All graphic design faculty have work experience as graphic designers
  • Students are sought out for internships at design studios, ad agencies, corporations, print shops, and web design firms
  • Strong job placement record
The College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences offers a comprehensive education in liberal arts with a specialization in graphic design. The program is designed to help students integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge in real-life situations and to help them develop leadership skills. 

Special Application Procedures

Students must enroll in a portfolio course (ART 1551) during spring semester of the freshman year and receive a passing grade in order to be admitted to the program. The portfolio will contain selected examples of work from the foundations classes, which will confirm mastery of the basic skill set needed for successful completion of upper level graphic design courses. Students must pass this portfolio course before moving onto the sophomore level courses. Transfer students who have completed the foundations courses at another institution will also be required to pass the portfolio requirement.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Graduates are employed with:

  • Baldor Electric Company
  • Pradco Outdoor Brands
  • Atlas Apparel
  • BLK Box Labs
  • Outdoor Cap
  • Crabtree RV Center
  • Southwest Times Record