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Graphic Design
College of Arts & Sciences
GRAPHIC DESIGN is the art of using design elements – typography, images and symbols – to convey information or ideas, making messages come alive.
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Brian Merriman
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about the program
Our graphic design program is based on real-world applications and experience. Our first priority is to provide you instruction based on the needs of the professional world. Because our professors are plugged into this industry, they know what current trends and skills students should be learning.
You WIll Learn
  • work on projects for local companies
  • present to real clients
  • complete an in-depth design project as part of a marketing research project

Paired with an MNU student marketing team you’ll get first-hand experience with the relationship between designers and marketers. You will explore topics from a Christian worldview and learn how to use graphic design to benefit the business world in a positive way. You’ll also be accustomed to presenting and taking constructive criticism for your work during in-class critiques


We’re also in a great location—MNU is just 20 miles from the heart of Kansas City, one of the most vibrant creative cities in the Midwest. Kansas City is home to corporations, advertising agencies, printers, publishers and interactive design businesses, and our graduates are surrounded by a variety of job opportunities.

Graduates walk away with a robust and matured portfolio, as part of a senior seminar assignment.

Graphic Design majors will be provided a new iPad to increase their learning experience.

Potential Careers
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Video Game Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Animator
  • Digital Media Manager
Sample Schedule
Career Earnings

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career average
Graphic Designer
Art Director
Video Game Designer
Layout Artist
Digital Media Manager

Related Majors

Digital Communication Minor
Communication Minor
Liberal Arts / General Business
Speech/ Theatre Education
Physical Education
Music Education
Middle-Level Mathematics Education
Mathematics Education
History/ Government and Social Studies Education

Wired Wednesday

Developed specifically for Traditional Undergraduate Students, MNU launched a new schedule in 2020. Semester-long courses are now held on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday for 75 minutes each.

Business Administration continues to be a highly sought out degree by students and employers alike. It provides an excellent and thorough foundation in skills necessary for success in today’s business world. These degrees will also prepare students for graduate study in management, law or other business specialties.
Yorton Clark
Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies Chair, Professional and Graduate Studies in Business Professor
I love that we teach skills that you’ll really use in the workplace. These skills are in high demand. You’ll learn current programs and software all while developing a great work ethic.
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

success stories

As an MNU student, you’ll encounter not only academic growth and career preparation but you’ll also transform through spiritual growth and time spent in service and mission. We think that’s a
recipe for success in today’s global world.