Graphic Design
Why Study Graphic Design?

As one of the concentrations in the art major at North Park, graphic design will teach you to become a good visual and verbal communicator and a flexible, creative thinker who considers new ideas that others might not see.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

Our program prepares you for a graphic design career through specialized coursework that includes communications and business classes, faculty mentors who are practicing artists, well-equipped labs, an internship, and the preparation of a professional portfolio.

Careers in Graphic Design

Students who major in graphic design may go on to work in a variety of agencies, firms, or organizations. You may create digital artwork, brand identities, advertising campaigns, publications, or other related projects.


Our program requires students who concentrate in graphic design to participate in an internship, which will help build your resume and portfolio. Faculty will help you find an internship that suits your interests. Students have held internships at advertising agencies, small graphic design firms, nonprofit organizations, and other institutions.

Graphic Design Courses

When you choose the graphic design concentration, you will take the following specialized courses in addition to core fine arts and art history classes:

  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Digital Illustration Lab
  • Digital Imaging Lab
Graphic Design: Art and Business

A graphic designer needs to know how to communicate ideas and how to function individually and within a team. You’ll supplement your art coursework with business and communications classes, learning the history of public media and the business savvy needed to enter the workplace. Learn more about the courses and requirements for this concentration.

Meet the Faculty: Kelly VanderBrug

Kelly VanderBrug “walks alongside” her students—helping them in their journeys to become artists and whole people—while bringing them into the art department’s strong community of faculty and students.

Learn more about Professor VanderBrug and the art faculty.

Kelly VanderBrug, Art professor
Junior Critique

During your junior year, you will receive direct feedback on your work to date from faculty and your peers, plus mentoring on how to focus your efforts going forward. Throughout your time at North Park, faculty will take this type of vested interest in you and your goals.

Senior Show: Professional Portfolio

Senior art majors who concentrate in graphic design participate in the Senior Show during their final semester. You’ll select 10 representative works, create an artist’s statement, and display your work publicly in the Carlson Tower Art Gallery. This will become part of your portfolio in your job search.