Graphic Arts and Design

College of Liberal Arts
Graphic Arts and Design

Unleash Your Creative Potential: Become a Graphic Arts and Design Mastermind

In a world saturated with visual stimuli, the demand for skilled graphic artists and designers has never been higher. Our Graphic Arts and Design program empowers you to become a creative problem solver, capable of crafting visually compelling solutions that captivate audiences and deliver impactful messages.

We believe that exceptional graphic design goes beyond mere technical skills. Our program fosters a deep appreciation for the artistic foundations of design, nurturing your ability to approach projects with a discerning artistic eye.

Our Graphic Arts and Design program prepares you for a fulfilling career in a constantly evolving industry, where your creative vision and technical expertise will be highly sought after. Step into the spotlight as a graphic arts and design mastermind, ready to make a lasting impact on the world of visual communication.

Join a Vibrant Creative Community

Immerse yourself in a dynamic learning environment at Benedictine University, where our dedicated Mac labs for design and art courses provide the perfect setting for honing your creative skills. Our supportive faculty and staff are committed to fostering your artistic growth, ensuring you graduate with a portfolio that showcases your unique talents.

The Graphic Arts and Design program at Benedictine University equips students with the skills and knowledge to solve complex visual problems creatively. Students explore fundamental principles and elements of graphic design, gain proficiency in industry-standard software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and develop a deep appreciation for the artistic foundations of design. The program also provides students with the opportunity to explore design elements, principles, contents, and trends, enabling them to tackle even the most complex visual challenges.

Shaping the Future of Visual Communication

The Graphic Arts and Design program at Benedictine University equips students with the skills and knowledge to solve visual communication problems creatively. Students learn to create visually compelling and effective communication solutions, gain proficiency in industry-standard design tools and techniques, develop a deep understanding of the historical, theoretical, and critical foundations of design, master the elements and principles of design, and establish a final portfolio that showcases their design skills and expertise.

Our Graphic Arts and Design program incorporates an internship experience, providing students with hands-on exposure to the professional design world. Students apply classroom knowledge to real-world projects, gaining industry experience and building a strong portfolio. Internships mirror actual design duties, enabling students to hone their skills, develop problem-solving abilities, and collaborate effectively. Mentorship from industry professionals bridges the gap between academic learning and practical application. Graduates gain a competitive edge, ready to make an immediate impact in the design world.

As a culminating element of their studies, senior graphic arts majors prepare a comprehensive portfolio that showcases their acquired skills and personal interests in graphic design. This portfolio, encompassing both a physical and digital format, serves as a vital tool for showcasing their design expertise and making a successful transition from student to qualified designer.

Embrace the power of visual communication and transform your creative vision into reality. Our Graphic Arts and Design program provides you with the skills, knowledge, and industry connections to succeed in this dynamic and rewarding field.

Discover the Multifaceted Career Paths in Graphic Arts and Design

A degree in graphic arts and design can open doors to a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers. Graphic arts and design graduates can work as graphic designers, web designers, user experience (UX) designers, user interface (UI) designers, art directors, publication designers, packaging designers, medical illustrators, motion graphics designers, and animators. These are just a few of the many career opportunities available to graphic arts and design graduates. With their strong visual communication skills, creativity, and technical expertise, graphic arts and design professionals are in high demand across various industries.

In summary, graphic arts and design is a versatile and rewarding field with a wide range of career opportunities. With their skills in visual communication, creativity, and technology, graphic arts and design professionals are highly sought after in various industries. If you are interested in a creative and challenging career, a degree in graphic arts and design may be the perfect fit for you.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Graphic Arts and Design program:

  • History of Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design I, II
  • UI/UX Design
  • Motion Graphics

Graphic Arts and Design courses (GAD)

Includes GAD, FNAR

Lisle undergraduate course descriptions

Mesa undergraduate course descriptions

Graphic Arts and Design, BA – Lisle | Mesa

Graphic Design, Minor – Mesa




Nathan Dossantos

Nathan Dossantos

Class of Fall 2023

“I love how Benedictine is both small and growing at the same time. Meeting my teachers has been great. They really empower students to have a voice on campus. BenU isn’t just a community you are part of–you ARE the community and you have an active role in shaping the culture.”

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