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Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts, Graphic Design Concentration

Graphic Design: Designing the Future

Graphic designers are capable of incredible visual communication. They influence everything from books and packaging to logos and websites—the possibilities are truly endless.

As a designer, you have the gift to skillfully translate a concept or idea into a high-quality work. Harness your creative gifts and begin your future with the graphic design concentration at Pensacola Christian College. You’ll receive abundant hands-on instruction from experienced designers in classes like Web Design and Digital Multimedia Production. By completing practical, real-world projects, you’ll build an impressive portfolio and learn to communicate complex concepts effectively.

This concentration combines fundamental art principles, state-of-the-art computer applications like Adobe Creative Cloud, and exciting internship opportunities for a well-rounded experience. You’ll gain a solid understanding of all stages in the design process—from conception to implementation and presentation and graduate with the experience and abilities you need to make your mark in the design world.

Faith-Based Graphic Design

Christian designers have the unique opportunity to point others to Christ through their excellent and beautiful work. When you graduate with a graphic design concentration, you’ll not only exemplify a high standard in design, but you’ll also be prepared to tackle everyday visual design issues with a biblical perspective and superior creative problem-solving skills.

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Graphic Design Concentration Learning Outcomes

As a graphic design graduate, you 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 your 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.

Program Highlight

Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit

The Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit (AR 498) is your chance to test your artistic talent and showcase your contributions to the graphic design field. You’ll complete countless projects that will culminate in a portfolio (AR 440) of exhibition-level work. Your vision will come alive as you compile pieces that demonstrate your unique abilities and get to present your work publicly in an exhibit open to friends, family, and more.

Your Graphic Design Future

What can you do with a graphic design concentration?

The graphic design concentration from PCC will allow you to pursue your calling as an excellent graphic designer. You may decide to join an agency, company, or ministry, or even start your own business. If you’d like to stretch your talents even further, you’ll be equipped to pursue a master’s degree in graphic design. Whatever you choose, you’ll be ready for success.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Brand Manager
  • Design/Art Director
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Production/Layout Artist
  • Web Designer

Here are a few of the grad schools our graphic design alumni have attended.

  • Liberty University
  • Lindenwood University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Western Governors University

Here are a few of the many places that our graphic design alumni have worked.

  • Answers in Genesis
  • Axon Enterprise, Inc.
  • Daily Grace, Co.
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Listrak
  • Microsoft
  • National Bible Bee
  • OtterBox

Faculty Highlight

Greg Hewitt

Mr. Greg Hewitt

B.S., M.F.A., Pensacola Christian College

“I want students to find fulfillment using the gifts God has given them in the places where He leads them as they become professionals. While they’re in the program, I want them to enjoy the family atmosphere while learning from and growing with all the other creatives.

Our program touches many disciplines within the design field, giving students a broad set of skills in the programs and tools used in the industry but also training them how to think creatively and solve problems. They are then able to use the tools to express ideas and communicate beyond simply arranging design elements beautifully. ”

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Alumni Spotlight

Mia Griffin
Mia Griffin ’23

Design Center Coordinator, BUZZ Events Services

“The craftsmanship and attention to detail I learned at PCC has been so critical for all my design roles. It prepared me to produce clean and organized designs and projects and double-check for excellence while going above and beyond what's expected. I loved that our department felt like a close and tight-knit family, to the point where I would consider some of my teachers as mentors who invested in my life even outside of being a graphic designer. Studying graphic design with the projects and labs was just pure creative fun almost every day. There were hard days, but I knew any critique would only make me a better artist.

I would assure someone interested in graphic design to study it if they want to learn more about honing their artistic ability. And I would encourage them to attend PCC to be surrounded by great influences and other Christian peers and teachers who will push them to become the best they can with their creative potential and Christian walk to then be a light in whatever field they enter after school.”

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About the Graphic Design Concentration

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.

Seniors must present a graphic design portfolio exhibit.

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.

Students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

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Career Fair

Visual Arts Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your career in graphic design.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.