Graphic Art Major

Picture This

The Graphic Art major is for students who enjoy expressing ideas visually and would like to pursue a career in commercial art—whether graphic design, digital art, illustration, animation, or photography. Whether in print or online, strong and effective visual communicators are always in demand.

Taylor’s art courses require experimentation and hands-on work as you put artistic principles and theories into action. You’ll build a professional portfolio as you learn to use art to effectively communicate messages, stories, and ideas. As a Graphic Art major, you’ll also gain foundational art skills and develop your artistic voice, while learning to harness it to communicate thoughts and ideas.

Concentrated Art Studies

All Art students take courses within a core Art curriculum. These courses give you a well-rounded view of art, building a solid foundation in drawing, 2D art, 3D design, art history, and faith integration for the rest of the Art program. You will produce work for clients, develop expertise in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), and apply visual communication principles to project-based classes. Seniors showcase their compiled portfolios beside their best works at an exhibition in Metcalf Gallery. The core art classes prepare students to branch out into more specific areas of study, and every student pursuing a degree in Graphic Art degree chooses one of the following concentrations:

  • Design
    With a Graphic Art — Design concentration, your classes will focus on typography, editorial design, layout, prepress, branding, packaging design, web design, and web animation.
  • Illustration
    Students interested in a Graphic Art — Illustration concentration focus on drawing, painting, storyboarding, visual voice, and visual narrative. Illustration students will study and practice how to tell stories visually, learn character development techniques, and experiment with a variety of digital and tangible mediums, from water-based media to Adobe Illustrator.
  • Photography
    With a Graphic Art — Photography concentration, you will focus on portraiture, product and food photography, photo illustration, photojournalism, and experimental photography, as well as digital tool and darkroom techniques.

Graphic Art Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact for Art Program

Jonathan Bouw, Art, Film & Media Department Chair

Cindy Reishus, Art Office Assistant