Comprehensive arts education in a supportive environment

Pacific's broad-based professional art program is intended to provide you with options in the art field and provides strong foundational and interdisciplinary education so you can develop a professional-level portfolio.

Our program helps you develop esthetic knowledge, perceptual awareness and creative problem solving skills. The goal is that when you graduate, you will be a practicing artist or designer who thinks critically and historically, communicates effectively and acts responsibly in our global society.

The Major

With a BFA with a Concentration in Graphic Design, you will develop your artistic talent to build a rewarding career in print, digital or a mix of both. Our program gives you many opportunities to gain hands-on experience doing real-world projects in business and nonprofit settings through Pacific's connections in northern California.

Solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.

Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts, which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/ composition, information hierarchy, color theory and its applications, symbolic representation, typography, drawing, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful messages in two and three dimensions.

Independently select and use appropriate art and design-related tools and technology to create, reproduce, and distribute coherent and meaningful visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include, but are not limited to, drawing, illustration, photography, offset printing, time-based and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia).

Independently, interactively as well as collaboratively engage in art/design professional practices to effectively organize and manage art/design projects in studio, entrepreneurial and corporate settings.

Form and defend value judgements about art and design including communicating key concepts, visual approaches and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to projects and practice.

Apply history, current issues, processes, and directions in the art and graphic design field to projects.

Apply ethical reasoning to create sustainable, and socially and environmentally responsible art and design solutions.

Outstanding Student
Emilie Jenkins

Graphic design major Emilie Jenkins spent part of her summer interning for a firm in Ireland. She describes her project and explains how Pacific helped her with this opportunity.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Graphic Design
Minor in Graphic Design

Graphic Design Minor

A Minor in Graphic Design can be achieved by completing 21/22 units of study and seven classes.

Communication majors must complete lower core of Communication classes before initiating Graphic Design Minor sequence.

  • 3 ARTS 7 2-D Design & Color
  • SP 3 ARTS 75 Graphic Design I
  • FA 3 ARTS 77 Graphic Design II
  • FA 3 ARTS 79 Typography
  • SP 3 ARTS 91 Computer Graphics I: Print-Based Media

Or

  • FA 3 ARTS 95 Computer Graphics II: Time-Based Media
  • SP 4 ARTS 101 Graphic Design History

Or

  • SP 3 ARTS 103 Graphic Design Production
    18/19 units

Plus one from the following:

  • 3 ARTS 45 Digital Photography
  • 3 ARTS 141 Photo II
  • SP 3 ARTS 162 Graphic Design III
  • FA 3 ARTS 173 Graphic Design Seminar (with faculty permission)
  • SP 3 ARTS 161 Web Design
    total units 21/22

A minimum of 12 units from the Minor course of study must be completed at Pacific.

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