Graphic Design Major (BA)

Your artistic eye could be leading you into the world of graphic design. And lucky for you, the professional opportunities in this field are limitless in our ever-increasing digital age.

In fact, job opportunities are growing nationally at a rapid pace. Picture this: With a major in graphic design, you could be branding companies, designing print ads, or creating engaging motion graphics.

And here’s the good news: We’ll teach you everything you need to know from the ground up. So you can dispel the myth that “I need to be a good artist to be a successful graphic designer” right now. In this field, entry-level talent is not a barrier to success.

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Guided by faculty mentors, you’ll gain the expertise needed to become a creative, visually astute designer, knowledgeable in market-influenced and research-driven design practices. As a graduate, your real-world foundations will enable you to grow within a continually evolving, dynamic profession.

Our program has been built through careful study of the marketplace and is structured to offer students exposure to the methods and techniques that will be expected of them as they seek out professional opportunities.

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Why Study Graphic Design at George Fox?

As a graphic design student at George Fox, you will:
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What will I Study?

  • UI/UX design
  • Branding and identity systems
  • Print and packaging design
  • Web design
Mick Hangland-Skill

Mick Hangland-Skill

My professors allowed me to grow into an artist with great passion and conviction. The art faculty encouraged us to be active participants in the art community, and my friends and I also invested greatly into each other. Together, we formed a community around our common passion for art. We understand that in becoming a working practitioner many possibilities lie ahead.

What’s after George Fox

According to Burning Glass Technologies, a 38% growth rate is expected in web design in the next 10 years. Students trained in multimedia design applications, UI/UX design, web design and print media are highly employable. In addition to hiring freelance designers, most organizations also employ a team of in-house designers, which continues to drive the job market upwards.

Our students have gone on to launch design studios (such as Pivot Group), work for design agencies (Faceout Design), and be in-house designers as part of major tech groups (Zendesk).

  • Oregon State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Kent State University
  • Washington State University
  • NFL Players Association
  • Disney
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Faceout Studio
  • VSA Associates, Chicago
  • Landor & Associates
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Clark & Company
  • Pivot Group
  • Pigeon Toe Ceramics
  • Copper River Design
  • Harvest House Publishing
  • Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Tigard and Sherwood Public Schools
  • Livengood & Nowack
  • Lawrence Galleries
  • Asterix Creative
  • DNA, Portland
  • Phat Graphics
  • Ashley Lippard Design
  • Big Fir Designs (interior)
  • Stadia Church Planting
  • Jennifer Meyers and Associates (interior)
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Red Hills Market, Dundee
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  • Tiny Home Village: Working in coordination with North Valley Friends Church to create plans and a vision for a tiny home village that offers low-income housing
  • Mural Project: A community mural project that included community engagement, city council presentation and production
  • George App: Conceive, develop and present an app to serve students at George Fox by replacing clunky existing web systems on campus.
  • Glass Project: A public works project producing glass installation for new buildings on campus
  • Community Art & Design Workshop: Teaching high school students art and design
Ryan Wilmot

Wilmot Uses Graphic Design Skills to Help ‘Stomp Out Cancer’

Typically, Ryan Wilmot, an art and design alumnus, works behind the scenes as an apparel graphic designer for University of Oregon field sports at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. But recently he stepped into the media limelight when a special project he worked on debuted on the football field at Autzen Stadium. It was the culmination of a more than yearlong effort that raised over $1 million to fight cancer.