Art (Graphic Design)

Translate your ideas into impactful art that inspires and influences in NSU’s Art-Graphic Design program, where you’ll learn advanced visual design skills and master modern digital media and tools. With this degree, you’ll be ready to enter the professional design field or attend graduate school.

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About The Program
School of Fine Arts

Art (Graphic Design)

All classes are taught by professors and instructors - not graduate students – and our digital studio and lab classrooms are equipped for:

  • Web design
  • Interactive design
  • Digital photography
  • Digital illustration
  • Video design, page design and layout
  • Typography
  • 2D animation, and
  • Motion graphics

Enhancing your hands-on learning and creating experience are iMacs, interactive painting monitors, video cameras and sound and digital equipment.

Crowning this comprehensive program is a senior capstone experience, for which graphic design students complete a written thesis, solo exhibition of artwork, statement of purpose and resume.

Northern'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



Northern's art students are trained in entrepreneurial thinking as self-starters, problem solvers and innovators, and career paths are varied and plentiful. For graduating seniors, the senior capstone experience includes practical steps and strategies for career planning.

Art-graphic design graduates are 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.

Fine Art Scholarships

NSU Scholarships

Contact Information 

For more information about this degree, call 605-626-2267. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

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