Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As a future graphic designer, you will gain through a degree in Graphic Design a strong foundation for careers within the innovative field of graphic arts. This major provides you with structured opportunities for the study of visual communication.
The purpose of the Graphic Design major is to develop your basic art and design skills, increase your knowledge of technical production processes in the graphic arts industry, and provide functional training on graphics software.
While bringing practical, professional knowledge to the classroom, our faculty serves to encourage and challenge you to be competent in communicating visually and to develop a mature Christ-centered worldview.
Examples of courses in this major:
A course that uses project assignments to teach the application of visual graphic communication techniques as well as functional art production and relationships between audience, content, and context.
This computer laboratory art course introduces tools and techniques for digital-based imaging and editing. Utilizing Adobe software, this course focuses on the development of visual design skills through digital photo manipulation and technical processes.
A computer laboratory course that introduces software utilized for visual communication design. Focusing on project-based page design and layout, students will examine typography, brand standards, and the process of critique. Approaches to print, web, and presentation page design will be explored.
A study of letter forms, historical influences, and how type is used as an effective element in context of visual communication design.
This introductory course explores fundamentals of illustrative design and how principles and elements are utilized to address specific narrative or expressive problems. A survey of historical and current trends in illustration and an overview of basic business practices are examined.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.F.A., Indiana University, Fort Wayne; M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion; M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Professor Kim Reiff has worked in industry as a marketing communications manager, graphic designer, and production manager.
B.S. in Art Education, all-grade, Grace College; M.F.A. in visual arts, Vermont College, Norwich University
As a contemporary visionary artist,Professor Don Swartzentruber designs carnivalesque images that manifest from interests in theology, cultural issues, and the surreal. He has taught and lectured on the arts for more than 15 years and exhibits nationally. He currently teaches art at Warsaw Community High School.
B.A. in Art Education, Oakland City College; M.S. in Art Education, Indiana University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
Bringing a unique perspective to the classroom, Prof. J.D. Woods challenges students of European and American art history to explore how religious ideals are reflected in the arts. He has taught in the college's prison extension program for over 10 years, while freelancing in the graphic arts. His hobby is collecting and performing music with the guitar and banjo, for a variety of audiences in the community.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
The Art Department at Grace provided me with the knowledge, preparation, and confidence I needed to get out in the "real world" and find the job that's right for me.
—Matthew Hawley, B.S., Graphic Design, 2010
The professors in the Art Department at Grace are truly wonderful. Their dedication, expertise, and Christian character combine to provide students with unparalleled Christian higher education in the visual arts. They have definitely impacted both my artistic skills as well as my spiritual walk with Christ.
—Noelle Fink, B.S., Graphic Design and Art Education (double major), 2012
Grace has made such an impact on my life these past two years. Not only have I grown spiritually in my walk with the Lord, but I have also improved greatly as an artist. My goal is to one day become either an artist for Disney or a conceptual artist for the movie industry"
—Stephanie Johnston, B.A., Graphic Design and Illustration (double major), 2012