Graphic Design

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Student displaying work in gallery getting her photo taken

About this program

At Penn College, you’ll be immersed in a career-focused curriculum with unparalleled foundational classes, award-winning graphic design and web design courses, and cutting-edge facilities. Build a standout portfolio. Soak in valuable insight from passionate and experienced instructors. And learn what it takes define your future in graphic design.

See Student Work

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Overall Placement

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Career-Focused Classes Grounded in Formal Design Principles 

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Access to Mac Labs with Adobe Suite


  • Graphic designer
  • Junior designer
  • UI designer
  • Web designer
  • Art director
  • Creative director
  • Studio owner

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Visual Literacy for Designers (ART107)
  • Drawing (ART180)
  • Digital Photography (PHO150)
  • Two-Dimensional Design (ART102)
  • Design and Color (ART109)
  • Art History: Ancient through 15th Century (ART125)
  • Introduction to Web Page Development (BWM150)
  • History of Graphic Design (ART145)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design (ART202)
  • Type Design I (ART225)
  • Computer Graphics I (ART270)
  • Social Media in Business and Society (BIM120)
  • Introduction to Graphic Design (ART210)
  • Type Design II (ART235)
  • Computer Graphics II (ART275)
  • Introduction to Graphic Design for the Internet (ART285)
  • Environmental Graphic Design (ART320)
  • Advanced Graphic Design for the Internet (ART361)
  • Illustration (ART340)
  • Package Design (ART311)
  • Modern Art and the Contemporary Image (ART330)
  • Commercial Photography (PHO230)
  • Branding (ART411)
  • Specified Graphic Design Elective (BGD)
  • Portfolio Design (ART420)
  • Senior Project (ART496)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) (MMM)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • World History I (HIS116) or
  • World History II (HIS126)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHL110)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • English Composition II (ENL121)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Introduction to Geometry (MTH172)
Featured Video

Creatively connecting

We can’t meet you on campus. But, like all good graphic designers, we came up with an out-of-the-box solution. Join us for a virtual discussion that’ll give you a glimpse of the graphic design program at Penn College. Instructor Nick Stephenson and several up-and-coming designers are excited to tell you what makes this standout program so popular.

Graphic Design 2020

Student Portfolio Exhibition

Graphic Design 2020 is an annual exhibition displaying the best design, illustration, and web design work of graphic design majors in their final semester of study at Penn College. Design faculty select the top works developed by each student within their time at Penn College.

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Featured Video

Graphic Design

At Penn College graphic design is more than drawing and art. It's about building a strong foundation, solving problems, considering context, and developing thoughtful, real-world solutions. Get an insider look at the program through this engaging video created and edited by Graphic Design alumni Luke Bierly.

Student Experience

“Penn College taught me design core principles and theories that hold true for the majority of my body of work today. It all comes back to gestalt and the time I’ve spent learning the rules of design. Now I am able to break the rules of design, while confidently justifying why I’ve done so.”

Max Keeley, Human Interface/Interaction Designer, Apple Inc.

Graphic Design

Student Experience

“Coming from rural Central Pennsylvania, I didn’t think Penn College would be as diverse as a major university, but I was proven wrong. I met a lot of different people and heard a lot of different stories of why people came to Williamsport to earn their college degree. Penn College helped me to see a world that was outside of my normal realm. It helped me not only become a better graphic designer, but a better person too.”

Austin Fulton, Graphic Designer, The Florida Panthers, NHL Team

Graphic Design

Meet Austin


Fully Equipped Labs & Studios

From a cutting-edge commercial photography studio to Mac labs with the latest software, a ceramics studio, 3D studio, and professional print center, we have everything to support your creative journey.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA)

The AIGA encourages students to get involved in the local design community, create a community of their own, and build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world.

Zone V Photography

This club encourages members to explore the photographic medium for artistic growth and develop a personal artistic vision. Students also acquire and strengthen the skills used in analogue photographic methods and techniques.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Art faculty find creative, contemplative conduit

The creative buzz doesn’t stop on campus – even though this summer is much quieter than usual. On the west side of the Bush ...


Graphic design students capture golds, silvers, scholarship

Three golds and four silvers were won by Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design students in the 2020 American ...


Graphic design faculty art exhibited in Lithuania

Six wood engravings created by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Our students have scored internships at popular companies including: Amtrak, Auntie Anne's, andCulture, Elisco’s Creative Café, Little League International, Mother New York, Mullen Lowe U.S., Playworld Systems Inc., Yuengling, and Woolrich.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Our graphic design students earn national acclaim

All that hard work pays off when student projects take their place in the spotlight. Our graphic designers often receive awards when judged alongside national competition.

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More Information

Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in all courses with an ART and PHO course designator to receive credit for their completion. Students earning a 'D' or below must retake courses in which they are deficient before those courses can be considered as meeting the prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above in a course, after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy, results in withdrawal from the major in which the course is required.

Graduates of Penn College's two-year Advertising Art major can transfer all courses into the Graphic Design major; however, major courses (defined as those with ART, PHO designators) must have been completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Internal and external transfers with fewer than 61 credits can carry parallel courses into the baccalaureate when grades are 'C' or better. Transcripts should be submitted with the application for admission and will be evaluated by Admissions staff and by School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications staff. Those accepted for transfer will begin the baccalaureate at the course/skill level consistent with their academic work.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

View the Graphic Design Tool List

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

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.

  • Mr. Mark Anderman, President/Owner, The Wild Studio
  • Sister Alma Mary Anderson, CSC, Professor, Graphic Design, Indiana State University
  • Ms. Nancy A Ciolek, Chairperson, Graphic Design Dept., Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Ric Jones, Creative Director, MoJo Active
  • Mr. Dan Rowland, President/Owner/Director, Rowland Creative
  • Mr. John Saal, '00, Principal, Untuck Design Studio
  • Mr. Ryan Starr, '00, Senior Designer, Universal Health Services
  • Ms. Marjaneh Talebi, Director, Graphic Design Program, Harrisburg Area Community College