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Bachelor's in Graphic Design

At Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), we recognize the importance of finding a graphic design program that not only meets your educational needs but also aligns with your values. Our Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design is designed for those who seek to immerse themselves in the creative world of visual communication within a Christian educational environment. Accredited and recognized for its comprehensive curriculum, our graphic design major is the perfect choice for aspiring designers looking to make a significant impact in the industry.

Our program is crafted to provide you with a deep understanding of graphic design and its related fields. By leveraging the latest in graphics software and hardware, we ensure that our students are trained using the tools of today's professionals. This forward-thinking approach allows us to offer a learning experience that is as current as it is comprehensive. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this Graphic Design Program?

The journey through our graphic design program is one of discovery and development. With a curriculum that emphasizes client-based graphic problem solving, you will learn to navigate the complexities of creative idea generation in a professional setting. Our focus on training in industry-standard graphic tools will equip you with the skills to design compelling layouts and develop robust visual brand identities. Moreover, a thorough exploration of graphic design history, visual communication theory, and aesthetic sensibilities will prepare you to enter the design marketplace with confidence and creativity.

As you progress towards your bachelor’s degree, you will gain a strong foundation in key areas such as Color Theory, Digital Photography, Drawing, Web Design, Graphics, and Art History. Our program not only aims to maintain your technical abilities but also encourages you to observe and analyze current graphic design trends critically. This holistic approach is designed to foster a deep understanding of your profession in the context of God's leading for your life and career.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Graphic Design Program

Coursework for your graphic design major covers:

  • A blend of design principles, art creation, and creativity integrated with career development and Christ-centered social engagement
  • Practical skills and theoretical knowledge in graphic design, preparing them for successful careers as artists and designers in a variety of professional settings
  • The importance of serving others through their work, guided by a Christ-centered community of artists, designers, students, and scholars
  • Personal growth as both professionals and followers of Christ, supported by dedicated art professors who work closely with students throughout their educational journey

Program Requirements
Completion Requirements
  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
6 Hours of Foreign Language

Foreign Language requirement - all students will be required to take 6 hours of a foreign language at the college level. The following exceptions and guidelines will be used to implement the 6-hour foreign language requirement:

  • Students for whom English is a second language will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who have completed four years of a high school foreign language with no grade below a "C" will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who pass a foreign language competency test at a level equivalent to four semesters of a single language (Intermediate 2) will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who pass a foreign language competency test at a level equivalent to three semesters of a single language (Intermediate 1) will be exempt from 3 hours of the 6-hour foreign language requirement and will satisfy the other 3 hours by completing the Intermediate 2 course.
  • Students will be allowed to transfer college credit hours to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Art Directors
  • Marketing and Digital Designers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

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