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Discover principles of visual communication and creative design.
The graphic design program provides the techniques, technology, and critical-thinking strategies to create everything from magazine layouts, logos, websites, and print and digital media. You will learn fundamental technical and conceptual design from our industry-experienced faculty.
Our small classes enable caring faculty to provide one on one attention so you can grow in your faith as well as your design skills. Northwestern partners with other Christian colleges every year for students to showcase their professional design portfolios in a final capstone project.
Northwestern’s beautiful campus is only 15 minutes away from major art and design centers. Students can visit Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Swedish Institute.
Throughout my time at Northwestern, I was regularly encouraged by the professors to not wait until after graduation to begin my career as a designer. I viewed class projects as future portfolio pieces, networked with other creatives, and used skills the program equipped me with outside of the classroom. My professors were invested in my success as a designer and acted as a valuable resource that accelerated my path towards landing a year-long internship before my senior year and after graduating, my position with Mayo Clinic. Working collaboratively with copywriters, artists, photographers, and marketing managers has enriched my skills.
Northwestern has shown me how to relate to the world in a Christ-like manner. The college helped me find a way to incorporate my faith and beliefs in everything I do: graphic design, art, relationships, etc. My design professor has been like a mentor to me. His passion for helping students express their creativity while praising God has been a source of inspiration.
The graphic design program at UNW prepared me well for the real design world! Take advantage of picking the brains of your design & art professors...They are an amazing resource that you don’t often encounter in the “real world” once you graduate.
of seniors feel faculty set high, clearly stated expectations
of graduates said their education professionals prepared them for their work
of internships said students were able to visualize, create, and manipulate a variety of artwork