Graphic Design Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

This major emphasizes the development of students' skills for a career in graphic design. Theory and application through hands-on learning provide students with the background to develop a viable portfolio and the knowledge to secure and maintain a creative position in the applied arts. Students develop the necessary sensibilities for creative design through a series of required courses and electives in the visual arts, including courses ranging from drawing to photography and bookmaking to computer graphics and Internet-based design. A proper balance of technically oriented courses, visual arts courses, and liberal arts courses prepares students for diverse and creative positions in the graphic design field. The broad range of learning experiences in this major enriches and expands individual inventiveness and problem-solving skills.

Classroom critique Senior portfolio exhibition at The Gallery The Gallery at Penn College Senior Portfolio exhibit

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for graphic designers was $44,830 in May 2013. The top 10 percent earned more than $79,260.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Specialized Design Services26,350$25.32$52,670
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services21,040$24.13$50,190
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers20,670$21.31$44,320
Printing and Related Support Activities16,910$19.19$39,920
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing8,260$20.05$41,700

Statistics reported in May 2013


Penn College has state-of-the-art facilities with an abundance of current computer technology for training in design and production. Along with computer skills we feel it is important to continue to educate students to use their hands in disciplines such as design, drawing, painting, and photography. This process provides a tactual and perceptive approach to visual problem solving. Using traditional media provides direct and physical engagement; the process requires a necessary interval for the development of concept, image, techniques, and evaluation.

Students become involved in a process that nurtures creativity and stimulates conceptual performance. The freshman, foundation year focuses on developing students’ visual thinking and hand skills. In subsequent years, students concentrate on applied art courses directed toward design and production in many media.

The art faculty encourage students in the objective pursuit of excellence. Individualized critiques provide structure for the creative process and are essential to the ultimate quality of the artwork.

Students are encouraged to attend exhibitions and artists’ talks as part of their education. The Department and College promote exhibitions at the resident gallery.

Performance Standards

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Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tool List

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

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Advertising Art/Studio Arts/Graphic Design Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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