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Graphic Design


Our graphic design program strongly emphasizes tomorrow's professional environment. Students prepare through challenging class projects, internships and participation in organizations like Red Brick Studios, a student-run graphic design firm. 

Our bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design is a broad area professional degree that includes  courses such as: 2D Design, Color Theory, Typography, Photography, Illustration, Printmaking, Visual Aesthetics, History of Graphic Design and various course choices from the Department of Communication and College of Business. 

The four graphic design lab courses explore: identity design, packaging, branding, motion design, and conceptual exploration, as well as, mastery of the Adobe Creative Suite. Our computer lab allows students to experience the newest Mac operating systems and Adobe software. Scanners, printers and a check-out system for SLR cameras are also provided.

Helpful Tips

Computer LabThe Department of Art and Design's computer lab consists of iMac computers with the latest software and programs. The majority of design firms and ad agencies do their creative work on Apple computers.

If you have a computer it is not necessary to purchase another one. If you are thinking about buying a computer, wait until your sophomore or junior year, that way your computer won't be "old" when you leave school. If you just can't wait then buy the fastest CPU with as much RAM memory you can afford.


We use current versions of Adobe Software (Creative Suite). There are discounts online that save students up to 80% off retail prices.

Another important tip to help you prepare for a major in graphic design: buy a sketch book and sketch from life as much as you can. Drawing skills are invaluable in design. It will help you in developing creative concepts.

Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as a graphic design major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with one of the graphic design advisers two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly. We have a sample schedule (pdf) available as a PDF download that can be of help as you are planning your semesters, though it is just a suggestion. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.

Careers in Graphic Design

Graphic design encompasses a variety of career and employment opportunities. Branding, packaging design, environmental graphics, advertising, web design, design for the music industry, publication and editorial design are just a sampling of job possibilities available to graphic designers. Below are links with additional information concerning job outlook, interior design practice, income, and career stages.

Retention, Graduation and Job Placement

  • Approximately 100 Graphic Design majors.
  • Harding's Graphic Design program has the reputation of being one of the top programs in our region.
  • Our graduates work in advertising agencies, design studios, in-house design, interactive design and in churches
  • Students consistently do well in design competitions such as the Brass Ring Awards.
  • Students have placed in the Dallas Society of Visual Communications Student Competition. 
  • Harding has an active AIGA student group. To find out more about AIGA visit www.aiga.org
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics facts on Graphic Designers