Graphic Design Major

Bachelor of Science Degree

Graphic Design Major

"I chose Graphic Design because it allows for both creativity and functionality. Here at ORU I am being trained in expanding my skills technically as well as growing my mind aesthetically. It is that balance in which I find delight."

Hannah Starke

Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Columbia, MO

The graphic design program takes a traditional Bauhaus approach to subject matter. Students begin with basic principles and historical overviews of visual art and design. As students progress, further specialization in design topics occupy upper division courses. Course subject matter includes typography, print publications, branding, logo design, digital photography, web design, motion design, animation and interactive/mobile applications. Students complete their education with client-based projects preparing them for future employment and simulating a contemporary studio environment. An internship requirement exposes students to the professional workplace.

The philosophy of the design program is to create leaders in the design community who can originate, develop and produce a wide range of messages in any media. The program strives to create functional, usable and aesthetically appropriate solutions to the increasingly complex design problems encountered in society. While production skills are essential, especially for entry-level designers, the ability to manage and continually improve skill sets regardless of the technological future will allow individuals the best opportunity for advancement in the profession.

Design Technology Requirement

Art Education (ARTE), Graphic Design (GRD) and Studio Art (STA) majors have a Design Technology Requirement, applicable prior to beginning ART 107 Digital Fundamentals. The requirement for Graphic Design majors is necessary for all remaining design courses. For more information, please review the specifications.


ORU offers several scholarships for current students. Please visit Financial Assistance site for more information. A scholarship of particular interest to art majors is the Gloria B. Scholarship Fund.  

ORU Art Programs Talent Award Scholarships are renewable for up to four years in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Recipients must remain an art education, graphic design or studio art major and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Application Procedure:

  • Create a digital portfolio with a minimum of ten (10) examples of your best work. Recommended sites for no-cost portfolio hosting include Carbonmade and Behance.
  • Write a letter stating why you want to major in art at ORU. Please mention any awards or honors you have received.
  • Complete the online application with a link to your online portfolio site and your letter. Application Deadline is March 1 yearly.


In recognition of scholarship, artistic ability, leadership, and ORU lifestyle commitment, the art program annually honors outstanding students by the presentation of awards for Outstanding Graduating Senior Art Student of the Year given in the following areas: art education, graphic design, and studio art.


The school provides student use of facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and digital graphic design.

  • The Douglass Latta Computer lab with a limited number of Apple® computers and peripherals, including scanners, drawing tablets, digital video and SLR cameras and large format color inkjet printers.
  • Three ceramic kilns, glaze room 
  • Painting and Drawing studio
  • Art education classroom
  • Etching, relief press and print shop
  • Sculpture shop with welding and casting equipment
  • Teaching Gallery


With a degree in Art some career options include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Motion Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Marketing
  • Mass Media Communications

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Graduates aspire to use the technical and intellectual skills learned at ORU to participate in the professional workplace. Students are prepared to self-motivate and self-educate as necessary to adapt to the unknown future technology or society may bring.

Course Offerings Include

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Art History
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Design Technology
  • Typography
  • Digital Photography
  • Web Design
  • Motion Design
  • Graphic Design Studio
  • Senior Project
  • Practicum Infield Study

Degree Plan


Mr. Jason W. Howell, MFA, AIGA
Graphic Design