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 printing processes.
This computer laboratory course for the graphic designer concentrates on all aspects of desktop publishing for print and web page design and layout. Software covered includes Adobe InDesign and Adobe Dreamweaver.
A computer laboratory course that focuses on the software used by graphic designers and illustrators to edit images and to utilize innovative illustration techniques for print and web page design. The major software programs explored are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
A study of the various uses and styles of letter forms with an emphasis on their application to solving graphic communication problems.
This course provides a foundational understanding of the field of illustration. The student will gain experience in the process of designing and creating illustrations, as well as explore the various illustration markets such as advertising, editorial, publishing and technical illustration. This will include a survey of historical and current trends in American illustration, and an introduction to basic business and organizational practices found in an illustration enterprise.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.F.A., Indiana University, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Professor Terry Armstrong has a bachelor's degree in both fine art and commercial art from Indiana University. In addition to his extensive background as a corporate graphic artist and communications manager, his fine art watercolors have captured many honors and have been exhibited in numerous galleries within the United States.
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.
B.F.A., Bowling Green State University, OH; M.F.A., Miami University, OH
Professor Timothy Young joined the Grace College faculty in 1997. In addition to his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees, he has participated in additional studies at Circulo de Bellas Arts, Madrid, Spain. Prof. Young is accomplished in painting and drawing and has exhibited and sold major works in the U.S. and abroad.
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), graduating 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), graduating 2012