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Graphic Design

You are

  • artistic
  • creative
  • a believer in the power of the brand

You know the best idea in the world won’t attract attention if it doesn’t look good.

Hands-on from the word “Go”

Any graphic design program can teach you the skills. But at Bethel College, you’ll

  • learn to ask good questions
  • collaborate with your classmates in a design-studio setting
  • work with actual clients from the college and community

Broadly diverse

A graphic design major meshes well with

Beyond Studio Beyond offers students at Bethel a chance at a unique and fun work-study program. Working for Beyond Studio also gives Bethel College students a chance to earn while they learn! Learn more about Beyond Studio.

Bound only by your imagination

Take a few minutes to explore what some of our graphic design graduates have done.

Want to talk more with faculty and current students? Schedule a campus visit.



An internship will be specifically designed to complement your knowledge in the field you plan to enter after graduation. This course requires a minimum of 120 work hours and the supervision of a faculty member. The ability to involve you in an in-depth practical experience in your intended area of specialization will be a key component in Bethel’s Graphic Design program. You’ll be encouraged to think broadly about possible applications of your interests, which could include commercial advertising, media broadcasting, designing literature for a nonprofit organization, exhibition design, design for theater productions, or developing websites or social media for local businesses, among many others.

Post-graduate careers include:

  • Designer / art director
    • design studio or advertising agency setting
    • in-house graphic design setting, such as a bank or hospital
    • non-profit agency
  • armed services
  • company or corporation, such as Golf Warehouse, Nike, etc.
  • city newspaper
  • Website designer
  • Brand manager
  • Company owner for a design studio, an advertising agency, an online agency
  • Multimedia artists
  • Animators
  • E-mail or marketing designer
  • Mobile designer
  • Packaging designer
  • Brand manager
  • Creative manager
  • Studio manager
  • Copywriter

The foundation courses of the Graphic Design program teach art and design principles through hands-on studio experience and encourage critical thinking about the role of design in society. Graphic Design courses will address typography, layout, design for print publications and websites, the history of art and design, and the role of social media. In addition to the major, students may explore a complementary concentration in business administration, marketing, or multimedia design.

Major requirements:
44 hours, including a 3-credit hour internship
Minor requirements:
23 hours

David Long

Professor of Visual Art and Graphic Design

Rachel Epp Buller

Associate Professor of Visual Art and Design

Kathy Schroeder

Adjunct Instructor of Visual Arts

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.