• Student mixing red and white paint on a palette with a paint brush
  • Student art sculpture of broken instruments overgrown with nature all in red

As a graphic design major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll become fluent in the visual language of today’s top marketing strategists and agencies. Learn how to think about and execute effective design with courses in color exploration, typography and mixed media. Explore strategic marketing strategies and unleash your digital artistic expression with real-world application. Not only will you be equipped with the necessary skills and industry knowledge to enter the job market, you’ll also graduate with a professional, market-ready portfolio.

Highlights

  • Enter your graphic design work in local competitions and prepare an award-winning portfolio
  • Accessible faculty and small class sizes allow for a personalized
  • Be a part of the FPU Art Club
  • Participate in local art events & activities like field trips to art museums
  • Intern and make connections at local organizations like the Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas or the Art of Life Cancer Foundation

Career opportunities

As a graphic design major, your courses will explore color theory, typography and web design, equipping you with the tools necessary to start work in various design jobs. Within the field of design, you'll find diverse careers: from work in web design, production artistry, art development, marketing, and various multimedia sectors. Creative thinkers are highly sought after in virtually any career and our program allows flexibility to add a double major or a minor to expand your options. The program also encourages you to take up to three internship units, which count towards your degree. Intern locally with a variety of arts organizations or take your studies overseas with a number of study abroad opportunities.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information
1. Art History (AA-T) to Graphic Design, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

2. Studio Arts (AA-T) to Graphic Design, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites (3 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
ART 150Principles of Design3

Required Core Courses (18 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
ART 140Drawing I3
ART 350History of Western Art I3
ART 355History of Western Art II3
ART 475Career Development3
ART 370Life by Design3

Select one from the following

CodeTitleUnits
ART 120Painting I3
ART 330Art and Religion3
ART 440Exhibition and Gallery Design3

Graphic Design Major (30 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
ART 130Typography I3
ART 230Basic Graphic Design3
ART 335Intermediate Graphic Design3
ART 430Advanced Graphic Design3
ART 365Color Theory3
COM 390UI/UX Web Design3

Select three from the following

CodeTitleUnits
ART 315Photography II3
ART 325Modern and Contemporary Art3
ART 360Typography II3
ART 460World Art3
BUS 380Project Management3
COM 350Visual Rhetoric3
COM 410Media and Society3
MKT 300Principles of Marketing3
MKT 307Advertising and Promotion3

Study Abroad - Graphic Design 3

Complete BOTH of the following

CodeTitleUnits
ART 450Project in Art3
ART 482Internship in Art1 - 3

3-year Degree Option

This academic program is available as a 3-year bachelor's degree or as a standard 4-year bachelor’s degree. View more information about the 3-year option.

Sample Curriculum Map

Below is a sample curriculum map for this program. This map serves as an example of how courses are set up to ensure completion of the degree in 3 years. The course listing is based on a sample year and follows a fall, spring and summer academic year. Some courses are only offered on odd or even years. An advisor will work with you to create a curriculum map that is unique to you.

Year 1

Fall
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-100Jesus and the Christian Community3
HIST-120Ancient Civilizations4
COM-110Written Communication3
ART-140Drawing I3
ART-130Typography I3
CP-152First-Year Seminar1

Total units: 17

Spring
CodeTitleUnits
HIST-130Medieval and Early Modern Civilization4
COM-120Oral Communication3
SPAN-105Elementary Spanish II4
ART-150Principles of Design3
COM-390UI/UX Web Design3
CP-152First-Year Seminar1

Total units: 18

Year 2

Summer
CodeTitleUnits
HIST-140Modern Civilizations4
PHYS-106Physical Science3
 BLIT3

Total units: 10

Fall
CodeTitleUnits
MATH-120Principles of Mathematics4
KIN-120Concepts of Wellness3
ART-350History of Western Art I3
ART-230Basic Graphic Design3
ART-330Art and Religion3

Total units: 16

Spring
CodeTitleUnits
BIOL-100Principles of Biology4
 Social Science3
ART-355History of Western Art II3
ART-430Advanced Graphic Design3
ART-365Color Theory3
 Graphic Design Elective3

Total units: 19

Year 3

Summer
CodeTitleUnits
 Social Science3
PE-146Backpacking1
ART-482Internship in Art3
ART-335Intermediate Graphic Design3

Total units: 10

Fall
CodeTitleUnits
ART-370Life by Design3
ART-475Art Careers3
THEO-400Theologies of the Christian Imagination3
 Graphic Design Elective3
 Graphic Design Elective3

Total units: 15

Pring
CodeTitleUnits
ART-450Project in Art3
 Graphic Design Elective3
 Graphic Design Elective3
 Graphic Design Elective3
 Graphic Design Elective3

Total units: 15

Faculty

Photo of Chris Janzen, M.F.A.

Chris Janzen, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art