The graphic design major focuses on visual communication, theoretical concepts, practical skills, and contemporary tools involved in effective design for print and digital media. Major themes and topics include meaning making, social responsibility, foundational principles of design, and historical and theological considerations in the field. During their time at Trinity, students in the graphic design major will have opportunities to hone their skills in professional settings, work in a variety of media, and develop a professional portfolio.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design will be able to:

  • identify basic components of design and implement them in successful visual solutions
  • understand and explain why examples of design are effective using relevant vocabulary
  • understand digital and physical tools of graphic design and apply them to digital and physical projects
  • execute accomplished designs that meet the technical demands of specific print-based media and/or digital media
GPH 105Foundational Design Software3
GPH 205Intermediate Design Software3
GPH 305Advanced Design Software3
GPH 110Design Foundations3
GPH 140Drawing for Design3
GPH 210Tangible Design3
GPH 230Introduction to Photography3
GPH 260Typography3
GPH 271Introduction to Web Design3
GPH 310Interaction Design3
GPH 320Design Studio I/Digital and Physical Projects3
GPH 410Design Systems3
GPH 490Capstone and Exhibition3
A minimum of 3 hours elective credit from the following:3
Topics in Graphic Design
Calligraphy and Lettering
Studio Topics in Graphic Design
Freelance and Professional Practice
Digital Storytelling
Design Studio II/Digital and Physical Projects
ART 121Art Appreciation3
GPH 160Design and Society3
GPH 360Design History3
GPH 440Portfolio3
GPH 445Internship3
Supporting Courses
A minimum of 3 hours from the following3
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Personal Finance
Topics in Marketing
Digital Analytics
Computer Programming I
Computer Programming II
Survey of Communication Theory
Introduction to Public Relations
Mass Communication
Business Communication
Writing for the Media I
Social and Interactive Media Strategies
Group and Organizational Communication
Writing for Digital Contexts
Audio and Visual for Social and Interactive Media
Visual Communication
Recommended Courses
Graphic Design Project
Total Hours60