GRAPHIC DESIGN is the art of using design elements – typography, images and symbols – to convey information or ideas, making messages come alive.

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.

  • 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.

Your future


Touching every aspect of graphic design, you could become a:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Video Game Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Animator

Employers & Internships

Some of our recent graphic design grads have interned and landed jobs at:

  • Barkley
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Garmin
  • Ingram’s Magazine
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Kansas City Royals

Related Majors

Other majors you may also be interested in learning more about:

our people are the difference

Our graphic design professors work with other professors at MNU who teach marketing and communication classes so that you get a real world experience. Through our intentionally Christian atmosphere, you will also get reinforcement about ethical business practices—keeping promises, meeting deadlines, copyright training.

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.