• 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.

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 Or Other Prerequisites

Select one of the following

CodeTitleUnits
ART-110Art Appreciation3
ART-150Principles of Design3
MUS-104Music Appreciation3
THTR-105Theater Appreciation3

Required Courses (18 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
ART-140Drawing I3
ART-350History of Western Art I3
ART-355History of Western Art II3
ART-440Exhibition and Gallery Design3

Select one of the following

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

Graphic Design Major Electives (30 Units)

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

Select three of the following

CodeTitleUnits
ART-315Photography II3
ART-325Modern and Contemporary Art3
ART-435Museum Studies3
ART-460World Art3
BUS-380Project Management3
COM-350Visual Rhetoric3
COM-410Media and Society3
MKT-300Principles of Marketing3
MKT-303Marketing Research3
MKT-307Advertising and Promotion3
Study AbroadArts Administration3

Complete BOTH of the following

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

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.

Program director

Rebecca McMillen portrait
Rebecca McMillen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Art, Division Chair, Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty

Chris Janzen, M.F.A.
Chris Janzen, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art