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Graphic Design

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Academics / Departments & Programs / Art and Art History / AcademicsGraphic Design

Degree Overview

Take a look at this webpage. Or find a t-shirt, book jacket, poster, or logo. Are your eyes drawn to it? Do the images, colors, and typography work together effectively? How can a simple font choice reinforce—or undermine—a message?

At Calvin, you’ll ask these kinds of questions in a small classroom setting, where your professors know you personally and give you individualized attention. You’ll work alongside classmates where you'll collaborate and learn from each other. You’ll learn why centuries-old typefaces are still relevant. You’ll draw connections between traditional letterpress materials and pixels on a screen.

You’ll do more than just make something look good. You’ll learn to solve design problems in the world, and that will open up a wide range of possibilities.

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Program Distinctives

 
Faculty mentorship - Our faculty are invested in you. They’ll push you to learn more about yourself and to find your own voice. They’ll open up your future to a variety of career options, possibilities you didn’t even know existed.
 
A business bend - Our program offers a mixture of graphic design, art studio, and business classes. Not only will you gain the technical skills of Adobe Suite, you’ll also learn the marketing and entrepreneurial side of graphic design.
 
Amazing opportunities - Want to double major or study abroad and still graduate in four years? We make it possible. We know that the classes or experiences you have outside your major will help to inform and inspire your art.
 
An art city - Whether it’s the GRAM art museum, Art Prize, Project 1, the Civic Theater, or other venues, Grand Rapids offers a wide range of opportunities for engaging excursions.

Degree Information

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  • Overview

    If you are interested in working in a commercial or non-profit setting to communicate creatively and effectively through the use of type, layout, design and photography, our Graphic Design Major is for you. Drawing upon the strengths of both the Department of Art and Art History and the Business Department, this major stresses foundational skills in marketing and design. Internships are encouraged and supported.

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