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Lenoir-Rhyne’s graphic design major combines elements of studio art, digital technology and design to prepare the student for a career in a creative field. The graphic design degree program embraces the entire range of visual communication, providing a robust curriculum of conceptual problem solving, innovation, critical thinking, formal design, and branding.

Graphic design students will learn the elements and principles of design and effective visual communication to design and create visually appealing elements, including brochures, logos, advertisements, and websites. Designers often employ the use of many mediums, such as photography, drawing, painting, and digital media. Students will gain skills in image editing and other creative software programs. The major provides students with a broad understanding of studio and digital arts as well as strong design and clear communication skills.


As an artistic discipline, Graphic Design requires continual integration of and exchange between the traditional classroom and application of one’s craft. The Graphic Design program necessarily extends beyond a traditional classroom. At LR, all Art students have the opportunity to showcase their work in a variety of different venues—on campus and beyond—through their senior portfolio and other course settings. The Graphic Design program is located in dedicated facilities that provide space for traditional classroom lectures, for ceramics and sculpture studios with wheels and kilns, painting studios, a darkroom for photography, presses for printmaking, and a computer lab specifically for graphic design. Internships are available for students and are required as part of the program curriculum and many opportunities exist for students to hone their abilities beyond campus.


Graphic design is a highly demanded field in today’s economy. Some especially promising areas include layout and design experts, web designers/developers and software consultants, art directors and consultants, multimedia artists, animators, and public relations and marketing specialists.


Students at LR may complete a BA degree in Graphic Design. A major is also available in Studio Art. Minors are available in Visual Arts and in Photography.


Graphic Design Major Requirements


Program Contact

Claire Pope

Assistant Professor, Art, Coordinator, Art Program
Hickory Campus