Graphic Design is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. It’s what drives advertising and attracts us to brands. From billboards to newspapers, magazines, websites, posters and more, it’s everywhere. If you wish to combine art and technology with strategy, MSUM’s Graphic Design major is the place for you.
MSUM’s Graphic Design program has state-of-the-art technology. To create the best work, our students need the best tools. We’re equipped with design classrooms with iMacs, scanners, digital projector and a Xerox Color 560 printer. We also have resources to print large format graphics, vinyl signs, heat transfer and other materials. In addition, there is an upper-class room with laptop stations, a 24-inch portfolio printer and a digital projector, as well as a seminar room with a 72-inch monitor for viewing.
You’ll learn the knowledge and skills necessary to become a career graphic designer as part of this focused, National Association of School of Arts & Design (NASAD) accredited program. With over 60 percent of credits concentrating on design and design-related coursework, the program is specialized to enhance and expand your communication and artistic abilities.
The Graphic Design program is engaged in the continual development and refinement of its curricula. These efforts reflect our Graphic Design faculty’s high standards of professionalism and scholarship, and their efforts to maintain up-to-date technologies and practices for the innovative study of graphic design.
On-campus studio space is available to upper classmen. This provides students with laptop stations, a work area, and private lockers for storage. These spaces encourage personal exploration and creative expression, giving artists space to complete their best work.
You’ll be guided through the nuanced skill-development process required to achieve excellence in typography, print, packaging, visual identity, UX/UI design, branding, experience design and motion graphics.
Get connected with graphic designers in the community who’ve been in your shoes. Meet with your MSUM alumni mentor to job shadow, review your portfolio, conduct mock interviews and more.
With a combination of on- and off-campus opportunities and internships, this major gives you the best chance to be hired by your dream employer. The experiences you will gain in our program will put you one step closer to your dream job.
Graphic Design & Communications Student Success Stories
Mysha Wenzel received several ADDY awards from the 2022 North Dakota American Advertising Federation's Awards (AAF-ND) show.
Nicholas Loock received several ADDY awards from the 2022 North Dakota American Advertising Federation's (AAF-ND) Awards show.
MSUM Design and animation students team up to develop a game celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion
Angela Konz, a graphic communication major, and her partner Rebecca Zych, an animation major, created a Halloween-themed video game called “The Great Halloween Kerfuffle” for this year's conference.
Whether you call it engaged learning, experiential learning or just being adventurous, your passion will grow through internship opportunities, alumni mentorship and real-world on-campus design experiences.