Visual Arts Major—Graphic Design Concentration, Bachelor of Science Degree
See also Studio Art
Today’s graphic designers use their skills to help develop a wide variety of graphic media for products and services such as books, magazines, clothing, packaging, posters, websites, logos, and much more. With PCC’s graphic design concentration, students learn proven design principles and techniques that can be applied to nearly any venue.
Commercial advertising/graphic design firms, businesses, and Christian ministries need creative and efficient designers who can produce clear, visual communication using advanced technology. With abundant hands-on instruction, students begin by developing fundamental drawing and design skills using traditional media, while also learning essential computer application skills using Apple iMac computers and Adobe Creative Cloud software. Advanced training in creative problem solving, as well as two semesters each of web design and multimedia production, helps fully prepare students to design practical, useful solutions to common graphic problems.
The program includes internships in the field and courses to develop digital portfolios and self-promotional materials for potential employers. With the senior portfolio exhibit, students complete the program and showcase their best work.
The purpose of the graphic design concentration is to produce Christian designers who are able to effectively communicate in the areas of graphic design, publishing design, interactive design, and advertising design.
Graduates of the graphic design concentration will be able to
- articulate a distinctly Christian-traditional philosophy of art;
- recognize historical trends in artistic theory and practice;
- demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of appropriate media;
- develop visual compositions using traditional design principles;
- create visual works that communicate a clear message;
- use professional research and development processes to solve visual problems;
- exhibit professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in their chosen field of art and design; and
- develop a body of work demonstrating strength in the areas of typography, layout, and visual problem solving in a variety of media sufficient for pursuing professional opportunities in the visual communication field.
Students enrolled in 300- or 400-level art courses are required to own a personal laptop for use in class. An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is also required. Laptop specifications must meet minimum Adobe Creative Cloud system requirements.
Recommended Course Sequence
- Graphic designer
- Web designer
- Graphic artist
- Design/Art director
- Brand manager
- Multimedia designer
- Production/Layout artist
The experience and knowledge that I gained at PCC helped prepare me for the challenges of the graphic design field. Along with instilling within me a strong work ethic, PCC provided the foundation on which I could build a successful career.