Graphic Design Major

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.

Career 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 our graphic design school has the opportunity for a placed internship and the chance to work with live clients in a class context, supported by a multidisciplinary 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.

Request more information about the graphic design major 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

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

According to Burning Glass Technologies, all areas of visual design are growing at 13 percent, with a 38.7 percent growth rate expected in web design in the next 10 years. Students trained in multi-media design applications, UI/UX design, web design and print media are highly employable. In addition to hiring freelance designers, most organizations also employ a team of in-house designers, which continues to drive the job market upwards.

  • NFL Players Association
  • 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 Monkeys, Web & Game Design
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Asterix Creative
  • Anthropologie
  • Mural Project: A community mural project that included community engagement, city council presentation and production
  • Glass Project: A public works project producing glass installation for new buildings on campus
  • Tiny Home Village: Working in coordination with North Valley Friends Church to create plans and a vision for a tiny home village that offers low-income housing
  • Community Art & Design Workshop: Teaching high school students art and design
  • George App: Conceive, develop and present an app to serve students at George Fox by replacing clunky existing web systems on campus.
  • DNA, Portland
  • Phat Graphics
  • Big Fir Designs (interior)
  • Stadia Church Planting
  • Jennifer Meyers and Associates (interior)
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Red Hills Market, Dundee

Student Experiences

Alana Espineli ('15)

“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.”

- Alana Espineli ('15)
Junior Designer, Nuun Hydration

Spencer Fuller ('16)

“The Department of Art & Design is a deep community built by the faculty and students. It is a place where everyone’s unique talents and abilities are made to shine. If you seek encouragement, there are always peers and professors to help lift you up. If you seek a challenge, there are incredibly talented artists and professors to help you grow. Plus, I developed some amazing friendships with students and professors alike that I will cherish always – friendships that push me to be a better artist as well as a better human.”

- Spencer Fuller ('16)
Designer, Faceout Studio

Points of Distinction

  • Learn from accomplished faculty with more than 300 years of combined professional experience
  • Experience a diversity of emphases, approaches and media
  • Experience a family-inspired focus on authentic and committed community
  • All faculty are practicing professional artists and designers

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 has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges by publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.