Art (Graphic Design)

Learn to translate your ideas into art that inspires and influences in NSU’s Art-Graphic Design program. Here, you’ll develop advanced visual design skills, and master modern digital media and tools. With a B.A. in art-graphic design from NSU, you’ll be ready to enter the professional design field or attend graduate school.

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Art (Graphic Design)

All classes are taught by professors and instructors - not graduate students – and our facilities feature modern safety and health upgrades.

 NSU’s Digital Studio and lab classrooms are equipped for web design, interactive design, digital photograph, digital illustration, video design, page design and layout, typography, 2D animation, and motion graphics. Also available are iMacs, interactive painting monitors, video cameras, and sound and digital equipment.

All students must successfully complete a rigorous Senior Capstone experience that requires a written thesis, solo exhibition of artwork, and development of your artist's statement of purpose and resume.

NSU’s successful art-graphic design graduates recently have:

  • Received the Business Marketing Association Award of Excellence
  • Been named a 32 Under 32 Advertising Professional by AdFed MN
  • Received the Best Packaging Design Award from Graphic Design USA magazine
  • Received Best of Temporary Displays awarded by the Point of Purchase Displays International



Career paths are varied and plentiful. Perhaps more than graduates from any other major, art students are trained in entrepreneurial thinking as self-starters, problem solvers and innovators. They’re prepared to succeed as self-employed professional digital designers, or with marketing, advertising and design agencies, corporate design careers, web-based sales and promotion, private schools, colleges and community centers.

For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


All students gain valuable real-world experience during the required minimum one- semester internship experience. Typical placements include local design agencies and businesses, printing companies and web media companies.


The art department offers a variety of competitive, merit-based awards. Scholarship assistance requires strong academic performance, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrated potential for academic and career success. Scholarships also are available for minority students and students who excel in specific art disciplines or media.

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