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Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design – Graphic Design

About the B.A. in Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design) Degree

Cedarville University’s distinctly Christian Bachelor of Arts in visual communication design – graphic design degree will prepare you for an exciting career in graphic design. You will develop critical-thinking skills and cutting-edge technical skills, equipping you to think innovatively, to create compelling visual solutions for a variety of challenging design projects, and to impact positive change in our culture for the glory and mission of Christ. From developing logos to brochures, Cedarville’s Christian graphic design major is ideally suited for the curious, the creative, the collaborative, the service-minded, and for those who thrive on exploring practical, creative solutions across a variety of media and platforms.

Why Study Visual Communication Design at Cedarville?

Visual Communication Design – Graphic Design Program Highlights

Creativity — The graphic design major provides a creative and academic learning community that equips Christian designers to pursue a God-honoring life by creatively expressing, evaluating, developing, and communicating visual design.

Real-world experiences — As part of your graphic design program, you will:

  • Experience real-life client projects that are integrated into your coursework.
  • Complete a relevant design internship, which prepares you to competitively and successfully pursue an entry-level position in your area of concentration.

What Can I Do With Visual Communication Design – Graphic Design?

What can you do with a graphic design degree? Career opportunities abound for students with backgrounds in graphic design. Visual communication designers are typically involved in any design that combines type and image. With this degree, you may create visual identities, brochures and print collateral, magazine and book publications, T-shirts, signage, film title sequences, or advertising.

Our graduates are working at places such as:

  • Crown Equipment
  • Disney
  • GSW Advertising
  • Real Art
  • Sparkbox
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Viget Daor Design

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Relevant internships — You will complete a design internship before graduating, which prepares you to competitively and successfully pursue entry-level positions in your area of concentration. Our students have interned at Fitch, Disney, Columbus Crew, NASA, Elevation Church, Sparkbox, Athletes in Action, among others.

Creative community — You can join a student organization that brings students together from across the department — graphic artists, industrial designers, and theatre majors — to share experiences and knowledge.

  • The Studio, Society of Art + Design — The STUDIO is a student-led organization promoting community and mentoring among Art and Design students.
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) — Through AIGA, you will attend annual conferences, listen to multiple speakers in different areas of the country, and participate in various other events that will advance your knowledge of design, its history, and practice.

Student galleries — You will have opportunity to display your work through on-campus events.

  • Student Center Activity Board “Art in the Open” Shows — Cedarville's Student Center Activity Board hosts several student art shows every year known as “Art in the Open.”
  • Annual Art & Design Student Exhibition — The Annual Art & Design Student Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring work from both visual communication design and studio art students.
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Student Gallery

Check out some of our students’ work! Then picture yourself creating at Cedarville University.

Savannah Hart doing artsy stuff by the lake.

Local coffee shop hosts student and alumni art

An art show exhibiting art from Cedarville students and alumni will be held at Beans-n-Cream, 65 N Main St, Cedarville, OH, from 6-10 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Art, Design, and Theatre

Cedarville University offers innovative art, design, and theatre programs within a vibrant, Christ-centered learning community.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 94% of 2018 graduates from the Department of Art, Design, and Theatre were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

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Cedarville's updated snack shop fosters student interaction

Students and visitors are thankful for a new and improved space to hang out and grab a meal.

Visual Communication exhibition

Seniors Shine in Design Exhibition

Senior visual communication design students open final exhibition

AIA

Graphic Design Students Put Skills to Practice

Two Cedarville students used their graphic designs skills in their internships with AIA.

Jonathan Case

Just a Normal Day: Flying at 7Gs with the Air Force

Jonathan Case, a 2007 Cedarville University graduate, serves as a media aircrew analyst for Lockheed Martin.

Program Faculty

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Aaron Huffman, M.F.A.

Interim Chair, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

  • Location TYL 127
  • Phone 937-766-3049
  • Email Email

Visual Communication Design – Graphic Design Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take core art courses as well as courses within the graphic design concentration.

Sample courses:
  • Graphic Design III
  • Production Design I
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog