Graphic Design: B.F.A. & B.A.
Learn to take ideas and transform them into a powerful vision. In a culture that emphasizes visual messages, graphic designers are in high demand, whether it’s designing magazines, websites, brand identities, or even packaging. Ouachita’s distinct approach to graphic design means students are prepared to thrive in a fast-paced and diverse career landscape where what we see shapes impressions, identities and messages. Ouachita is ranked in the top quarter of Niche.com’s “Best Colleges for Design” in the nation, so you can be confident that you’ll graduate with the skills to take intangible concepts and breathe life into them.
Branding and Identity Designer
Editorial Designer for Publications
In-House Designer for Corporations
Production Designer for Printing Companies
Branding and Packaging Design
User Experience and Interface Design
Interaction and Screen Design
Photography in Artistic Practices I
This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. Both B.F.A. and B.A. degree options as well as a minor are available for this field of study. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.
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24 Hour Access to Mac Lab & Studio Space
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Degree Options: B.F.A., B.A. or Minor
A B.F.A. in graphic design is a top-tier degree for students who intend to pursue a career as a professional designer. It provides specialized training with courses covering topics like branding, typography, user experience and web design, with a strong focus on developing technical and problem-solving skills.
The B.A. degree option is for students who want to pair graphic design with a second major or a minor in another discipline. The degree provides a well-rounded selection of courses in art and design while allowing for more courses in other areas. Popular second majors include communications & media, Christian studies or business administration.
A minor in graphic design also is available for those focusing on a career in which design literacy will be helpful – or to provide some foundational knowledge for your interest in design or multimedia.
In their words
hear from a faculty member & student
“The Art and Design department at Ouachita was not only a place that gave me the opportunity to succeed but a place that encouraged me every day to develop my skills to ensure that I would be successful no matter where I ended up. My professors were so good at showing me what to do, how to do it and, more importantly, the underlying reasons as to why certain solutions are successful.”
2018 graphic design graduate and creative director
Professors who understand the demands of a creative career
With a low student-to-faculty ratio, your professors will be more than just teachers – they’ll be mentors and art directors, working closely with you to help you develop as a visual problem solver. Their diverse skillsets and expertise are integrated into each of your courses. They understand the demands you’ll face as a creative professional, and they’re committed to preparing you for success.
Build a skillset that gives you a professional edge
Graphic designers work in print and digital media, and it’s increasingly necessary to do both. Ouachita’s program includes not only strong foundational courses in hands-on creative techniques but also in skills that are critical for the evolving field, with courses in user experience, data visualization and more. Paired with Ouachita’s Christ-centered, liberal arts approach, you’ll stand out in this in-demand industry.
Expand your network with access to experienced artists
At Ouachita, we don’t think it’s enough just to read about great artists; you need to meet them – and maybe chat over coffee too! You’ll have opportunities like our trip to the annual DSVC National Student Show; on-campus exhibits featuring professional designers and artists; and an alumni network reaching from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to Warner Brothers Animation Studios and beyond.
a portfolio to impress
Every brand, business, non-profit, ministry, and educational organization relies on the services of graphic designers to communicate their ideas. To land that first job, your portfolio is key; we get that and work hard to help you create one that has a powerful impact. From the beginning of your graphic design education, you’ll have classes taught in Mac labs loaded with professional software and have 24/7 access to workspaces and technology to execute your vision. You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your elective art courses to your passions and professional goals; complete internships and other hands-on opportunities to hone your skills both on campus and off; and present a capstone senior exhibit showcasing your best work. Whatever direction your vision takes you, a graphic design degree from Ouachita will equip you to understand your audience and craft a visual message that communicates directly, powerfully and effectively.
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The School of Fine Arts is committed to providing you with an outstanding experience in wonderful facilities with cutting-edge instruments and equipment. We strive for a balance between a Christian education and professional education through a challenging atmosphere of creativity and collaboration. We are dedicated to facilitating critical thinking, the creative process and personal expression by developing and maintaining curricular and performance programming which emphasizes the creative process.
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