Graphic Design Major

Mission Statement
The graphic design major provides opportunities for those looking towards a career in art and design with a broad-based, liberal arts foundation. Beginning with the principle that knowledge is the source of creativity, students are encouraged to not only become capable designers, but also educated adults and lifelong learners. Students will become familiar with the professional practices of the design industry and their place in the larger historical and theoretical context of creative endeavor, leading ultimately to a vocation that is both personally satisfying and a valuable service to others.

Program Learning Outcomes
The graphic design program seeks to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate:

  • proficiency with an appropriate variety of media and technologies,
  • familiarity with the ethical, practical, theoretical, and historical underpinnings of their chosen field of study,
the ability to approach visual communication challenges with creativity and insight, producing work that is consistently original and meaningful,
  • effective and professional written, verbal, and visual communication skills, and
  • the ability to work effectively with others.

Entry into the Major
Each student is required to formally apply for entry into the graphic design major. This typically takes place in the spring of the sophomore year. At this time it is imperative that all prospective graphic design students have an advisor from the Graphic Design department (Studio Art or Media Arts department advisors are also acceptable). A major application form  may be obtained from your faculty advisor or downloaded from this page. In order to gain admittance to, and graduate with, the graphic design major, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all studio (practice) courses and an overall GPA of 2.0.

Junior Review
At the end of the junior year, the transcript of each student will be examined by their advisor to ensure adequate progress is being made toward degree completion. At this point, admission to the major may be rescinded.

For questions about graphic design at Bethany Lutheran College, please contact our Admissions Office at 800-944-3066 or This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.