Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Focusing on the fusion of art and technology, a degree in graphic design opens the door to endless possibilities of visual communication. You’ll become expert at combining text and visuals as you turn your most creative ideas into designs for print or the web.

Focusing on the fusion of art and technology, a degree in graphic design opens the door to endless possibilities of visual communication. You’ll become expert at combining text and visuals as you turn your most creative ideas into designs for print or the web.

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Mission

Our faculty is composed of award-winning artists and designers who are leaders in their various disciplines and media, and who actively produce and exhibit their creative work. As artists and educators, they believe art has a unique power to change our world and make it a more beautiful, generous, rich and open place.

Program Structure

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 72 credit hours + Electives: 0 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework

Basic Drawing
Identity & Brand Design
Interactive Design
Advertising Creativity and Copywriting

Minor Available

No

Department

Art and Design

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1
Regular: Feb. 1
National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

Student run ad agency - Morris Mitchell

Based in the Department of Art and Design, and in collaboration with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, this degree blends art and design training with preparation in advertising and mass communication principles. Successful graduates become competitive candidates for positions such as creative director, production designer and much more.

Outside the Classroom

Much of what art and design students do in the classroom is hands-on. Other real-world opportunities are found in student organizations and co-curriculars including:

  • Morris + Mitchell (student-run ad agency)
  • 99 West (student-run design agency)
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • Study Abroad

Careers

Darbie Angell (’04) creates designs for global audiences.

This degree prepares you with knowledge, skills and a professional portfolio that will help you become a designer in a variety of industries, including advertising, publishing, media and e-commerce. It opens doors to an exciting, creative career in such areas as:

  • Production Designer
  • Animator
  • Advertising Art Director
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Industrial Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Printmaker
  • Illustrator

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Department of Accounting and Finance

The Department of Accounting and Finance prepares students to make an impact in the business world, offering undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance and a Master of Accountancy degree. Further develop your problem solving abilities with deeper analytical and critical thinking.

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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences prepares you for a life of continual growth through the Christian stewardship of sustainable agricultural and environmental systems.

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Department of Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design understands the power of art and design to make the world more beautiful, more livable and more pleasing to our Creator. It equips and empowers passionate Christian artists to use their talent and imagination to mirror the expressive act of creation.

Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry

The Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry is home to undergraduate degrees in Bible and Christian ministry. Explore all majors of study and minors.

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Department of Biology

The Department of Biology offers a powerful base of scientific knowledge that shapes how we see, understand and engage with the natural world.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry prepares you with a powerful scientific foundation and a passionately Christian worldview that empowers your teaching, research and leadership in academic and industrial settings.

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Department of Communication and Sociology

The Department of Communication and Sociology prepares you to communicate skillfully, think critically, conduct groundbreaking research and lead purposefully through a breadth of careers.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The programs in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, accredited by ASHA, the American Speech and and Hearing Association, prepare students to serve individuals with communication disorders. The undergraduate program lays the foundation for you to pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology or audiology. As a graduate of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, you’ll be prepared to take the national examination to be a licensed speech-language pathologist.

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Department of Engineering and Physics

The Department of Engineering and Physics offers a deep understanding of the physical world through theory, application, analysis and practical design.

Department of History and Global Studies

The Department of History and Global Studies engages the complexities and lessons of the past to enlighten your understanding of the present and your insight into the future.

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Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication prepares you to become an exceptional, ethical and agile communicator in a rapidly changing media environment.

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Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition

Students in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition work as agents of change modeling wellness and living out Christian values with and for the communities and people they serve. In community, corporate, commercial and clinical settings, you will learn to embody principles of health and wellness, refining your knowledge of true wellbeing as you lead and serve others in developing physical wholeness and health.

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Department of Language and Literature

The Department of Language and Literature invites the study of the world’s languages and stories to deepen our understanding of the world, and of each other, as is central to our calling as people of faith.

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Department of Management Sciences

The Department of Management Sciences is home to undergraduate programs in marketing, business management and information systems. If you want to pursue entrepreneurship, leadership or more technical orientation, each of these programs provide further specialization as concentrations for any COBA major.

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Department of Marriage and Family Studies

Students in the Department of Marriage and Family Studies are trained to strengthen the lives of children, adults and families by promoting healthy development and relationships. Faculty are dedicated to helping students grow both as people of faith and in new knowledge about how families, groups, communities and societies interact. A degree in Marriage and Family Studies empowers you to harness knowledge about the complexity of human relationships and gain the practical skills to support children and families in professions such as counseling, healthcare and social services.

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Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics prepares you for lifelong growth as a scholar and explorer of math, developing in you the critical and analytical skills to teach, lead and solve real-world problems that, in turn, enrich the lives of others.

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Department of Music

The Department of Music prepares outstanding musicians and leaders who reflect and celebrate God's creative presence in our lives and art.

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Department of Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy trains students to help people who are coping with a physical or cognitive limitation to participate fully in their desired and needed activities. The Department offers both a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, both of which are accredited by the American Council on Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

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Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice offers a powerful understanding of domestic and international politics, along with criminal justice theory and practice.

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Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology interprets the nature and needs of humankind through a biblical perspective, offering a deep understanding of human behavior and mental processes.

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Department of Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education prepares students to be exemplary educators, equipped to serve in diverse and multicultural communities. Degree programs are available that equip you to teach every grade level from early childhood education through high school, as well as special education and all-level subjects like music, art and Spanish.

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Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre offers a life-changing, studio-intensive program rooted in Christian values that prepares you for continual growth and meaningful change through your theatre craft.

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Graduate School of Theology

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School of Health and Human Services

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School of Information Technology and Computing

The School of Information Technology and Computing provides a high-quality, faith-informed education that prepares graduates to make a positive impact in the ever-changing high-tech arena. Our curriculum integrates industry recommendations and current trends to ensure students graduate with the necessary skills to pursue their career of choice in the technology field. Through internships, part-time employment and access to industry professionals, we equip our students with hands-on knowledge and experience with the latest technological advances.

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School of Organizational Leadership

In the School of Organizational Leadership, we offer graduate degrees that prepare professionals in schools and other organizations to lead with purpose, skill, and integrity. We invite you to bring your whole self to the task of learning including your faith and your sense of vocation. In our rigorous online programs, you will learn to use research and theory to improve professional practice. You will learn to think critically about complex situations, use data strategically, and act thoughtfully and with integrity.

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School of Professional Studies

The School of Professional Studies is part of College of Graduate and Professional Studies, the academic body for our online degree programs. Our programs help students develop a deeper understanding of their identity, formation, and calling as they journey to become whole persons in their work and in their community. Embedded within Christ-centered communities, students of ACU Graduate and Professional Studies programs will grow in their discipline through a commitment to the Christian virtues of intellectual curiosity and rigor, hospitality, humility, integrity, authenticity, and perseverance.

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School of Social Work

Students in the School of Social Work dedicate their careers to improving the lives of others. You will be trained to employ evidence-based interventions to offer hope, healing and equitable treatment for individuals, families, groups and communities, demonstrating God’s hope and healing for the world in tangible ways. Our programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and include a 3+2 or 4+1 bachelor’s and master’s program.