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

Students in George Fox’s graphic design major enjoy a curriculum that has been carefully designed to match marketplace demands.

Graphic Design Job Opportunities

Job opportunities in visual design and web design are growing nationally at 13 percent and 38.7 percent, respectively. Our program has been built through careful study of the marketplace and is structured to offer students exposure to the methods and techniques that will be expected of them as they seek out professional opportunities.

Guided by faculty-mentors, you’ll gain the expertise needed to become a creative, visually astute designer, knowledgable of market-influenced and research-driven design practices. As a graduate, your real-world foundations will enable you to grow within a continually evolving, dynamic profession.

Placed Internships and Client Projects

Every student in the graphic design program has the opportunity for a placed internship and the chance to work with live clients in a class context, supported by a multi-disciplinary team that mimics a design studio environment. This distinctive element of our curriculum gives you the chance to experience what it’s like to be at work as a designer before you receive your diploma.

Spiritual and Personal Growth

Your spiritual and personal growth is also a high priority. Here, the call to be a designer is also an opportunity to minister to your community and workplace. Every professor embraces a Christian worldview – a special distinction even among many Christian colleges. Dedicated professors, small classes, a family-oriented community and peer engagement throughout the program ensure you will be known, encouraged and supported in your growth.

Career Paths

Students who major in graphic design have established careers as a/an:

  • Graphic designer
  • Junior designer
  • Lead designer
  • UI/UX designer
  • Web designer
  • Creative director
  • Art director
  • Design studio founder
  • Lead designer
  • Exhibition designer
  • Prepress artist
  • Production artist
  • Digital designer

Company Hires

Below are just a few of the places our students have worked:

  • Disney
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Faceout Studio
  • Bank of America
  • VSA Associates, Chicago
  • Landor & Associates
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Impact Printing
  • Clark & Company
  • The Climb
  • Pivot Group
  • Pigeon Toe Ceramics
  • Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Copper River Design
  • Harvest House Publishing
  • Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Tigard and Sherwood Public Schools
  • Livengood & Nowack
  • Lawrence Galleries
  • Code Monekeys, Web and Game Design
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Hannah Anderson
  • Asterix Creative
  • Anthropologie
  • Contemporary Craft Museum
  • Iridio Phoographic Services
  • Climax Industries

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

There has never been a better time to be an artist. The Internet and digital communications have made this the most visual time in the history of humankind. Artists are trained to be creative problem-solvers, and in an increasing global marketplace, there is no more valuable commodity. Our art alumni have been highly successful in placement as teachers at all levels; they are sought after as designers in the commercial world; they are actively engaged in a wide variety of ministries; and they have been extremely successful in admission to graduate schools.

  • Disney
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Bank of America
  • VSA Associates, Chicago
  • Landor & Associates
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Impact Printing
  • Clark & Company
  • The Climb
  • Pivot Group
  • Pigeon Toe Ceramics
  • Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Copper River Design
  • Harvest House Publishing
  • Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Tigard and Sherwood Public Schools
  • Livengood & Nowack
  • The Pivot Group
  • Bank of America
  • Nike
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Lawrence Galleries
  • Code Monkeys, Web & Game Design
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Hannah Anderson
  • Asterix Creative
  • Nordstrom
  • Anthropologie
  • Contemporary Craft Museum
  • Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Iridio, Photographic Services
  • Climax Industries
  • Kent State
  • 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

  • Learn from accomplished faculty, all of whom continue to work professionally in the field and bring together more than 300 years of combined professional experience
  • Take advantage of our visiting artist program. We offer one of the most active and robust visiting artist programs in the Council for Christian Colleges & Unviersities, including a Monday night Art Talk program that brings in professional artists from all over the nation who represesent every possible media and profession in the art and design world.
  • Experience a diversity of emphases, approaches and media, including traditional studio craft, utilitarian ceramics, digital tools, interactive design, and interior drafting
  • Faith is fully integrated in all areas of study
  • Experience a family-inspired focus on authentic and committed community
  • Connections to regional businesses and institutions allow our students to work in placed internships and work with clients/commissions while still in school.

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.