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

Why Study Visual Communication Design at Cedarville?

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.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

Program Overview

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.

Placement Success

We're proud of our successful graduates. A three-year average of 97.9% of Cedarville graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

What Can I Do With a Visual Communication Design Degree?

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.

Among others, our students have interned at:

  • Fitch
  • Disney
  • Columbus Crew
  • NASA
  • Elevation Church
  • Sparkbox
  • Athletes in Action

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.

Virtual Tours

Visual Communications Design 360 — Take a virtual tour of Tyler Digital Communication Center's three state-of-the art MAC labs that support the Visual Communication Design (VCD) major.

Carnegie Center For Visual Arts 360 — Take a virtual tour of the Carnegie Center for Visual Arts and visit studios for upper-level art students and classrooms for drawing, painting, 2D design.

Alford Annex 360 Facility Tour - Take a virtual tour of the 3D design space in Alford Annex, home to print-making, ceramic, and sculpture studios.

Program 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

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Program Faculty

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Aaron Huffman, M.F.A.

Chair, Associate Professor of Graphic Design

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Cam Davis

Associate Professor of Visual Communication Design

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