Art & Design majors study at George Fox, a top Christian college

Gain Expertise to Become a Creative, Visually Astute Designer

At George Fox, students in the graphic design concentration within the art major enjoy a curriculum carefully designed to match market demands. Guided by faculty-mentors, you’ll gain the expertise needed to become a creative, visually astute designer – knowledgeable of market-influenced and research-based practices. As a graduate, your real-world foundation will enable you to grow within a continually evolving, dynamic profession.

Your spiritual and personal growth is also a high priority. Here, the call to be an artist is viewed as ministry. Every art professor in the program embraces a Christian worldview – a special distinction even among many Christian colleges. Dedicated professors, small classes and peer engagement throughout the program ensure you will be known, encouraged and supported.

A Versatile Curriculum

Your course of study in the graphic design and interactive media concentration covers the fundamentals of design through concept development, sketching, prototyping, image making, typography, digital technology, interactive media and web design. The curriculum is designed to enhance your capacity for the versatile, visual thinking that brings out your best work. It also ensures mastery of design software and programs, equipping you with the technical expertise employers require.

This graphic design and interactive media concentration shares a foundational curriculum with traditional studio and applied design. Initial coursework includes basic design, color theory, drawing, and design foundations – building blocks to launch you into visual communication studies. The program also emphasizes cross-disciplinary exploration in media such as photography, film studies, animation and traditional print media. Highlighted courses in the graphic design concentration include web design, typography, branding and identity systems, marketplace graphics and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Learn from Faculty Who Are Working Professionals

Coursework is taught by applied design faculty who are also working professionals with active individual practices in a variety of industry disciplines, including art direction, web design and application development, branding and identity systems, print publication and new media.

If you love working with type and text, enjoy interacting with clients, and appreciate visual problem solving in digital and print environments, this may be the ideal field for you. At Oregon’s nationally recognized Christian university, you can pursue your passion for design and grow spiritually with like-minded peers.

Request more information about the graphic design concentration at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Art majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for graphic designers will remain steady for the next seven years. Print design is projected to decline sharply, while digital design is projected to grow 21 percent over the next seven years. With the increasing use of the Internet, companies are increasing their digital presence and graphic designers will be needed to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites.

In this highly competitive field, successful job candidates typically have outstanding portfolios, mastery of design software, have strong social skills and enjoy client interactions.

  • Lead UI/UX Designer, The Walt Disney Company
  • Creative Services Manager, Holiday Retirement
  • Graphic Design Specialist, Portland Rescue Mission
  • Senior Footwear Technician Lead, Nike
  • Art Director, Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Graphic and UX/UI Designer, Dealer Spike
  • Art Director, Pivot Group
  • Director of UX, Habit
  • Owner, Clark & Company
  • Brand Design Manager, The Clymb
  • Graphic Designer, Harvest House Publishers
  • Creative Manager, Bonfire Marketing Company
  • eROI, Portland, Oregon
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters, Hillsboro, Oregon
  • World Vision, Federal Way, Washington
  • Dave's Killer Bread, Milwaukie, Oregon
  • YWAM Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Word Made Flesh, Newberg, Oregon
  • Hillsboro Hops, Portland, Oregon
  • CRISTA Ministries, Shoreline, Washington
  • Ashley Lippard Design, Portland, Oregon
  • Livengood/Nowack, Portland, Oregon
  • Torii Mor Winery, Dundee, Oregon
  • Costanera Creative, Seattle, Washington
  • University of New Mexico
  • California College of Art
  • Washington State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Loyola College
  • University of Idaho
  • Pacific NW College of Art
  • Burren College of Art, Ireland
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Portland State University

Student Experiences

Ryan Littrell ('05)

“One thing I loved about learning design at George Fox was the push from professors to get involved with real-world design problems. Applying what I was learning in class to real-world projects made the teaching come alive and helped me to understand everything from design principles to the business methods needed to make a happy client.”

- Ryan Littrell ('05)

 Megan Clark ('06)

“The best preparation I had at George Fox was working with real clients. We went through the entire creative process together, with real people to answer our questions and offer truthful feedback to our solutions.”

- Megan Clark ('06)

Points of Distinction

  • Outstanding faculty with a Christian worldview
  • Market- and research-based curriculum
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Small class sizes
  • Applied design faculty with active individual practices

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.