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Graphic Art majors will build a professional portfolio through hands-on classes.

Graphic Art


Communicate Visually

The Graphic Art major is for students who enjoy expressing ideas visually and would like to pursue a career in commercial art—whether graphic design, digital art, illustration, animation, or photography. Whether in print or online, strong and effective visual communicators are always in demand.

Taylor’s art courses require experimentation and hands-on work as you put artistic principles and theories into action. You’ll build a professional portfolio as you learn to use art to effectively communicate messages, stories, and ideas. As a Graphic Art major, you’ll also gain foundational art skills and develop your artistic voice, while learning to harness it to communicate thoughts and ideas.

All Art students take courses within a core Art curriculum. These courses give you a well-rounded view of art, building a solid foundation in drawing, 2D art, 3D design, art history, and faith integration for the rest of the Art program. You will produce work for clients, develop expertise in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), and apply visual communication principles to project-based classes. Seniors showcase their compiled portfolios beside their best works at an exhibition in Metcalf Gallery.

Get on track for these careers

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Drafter
  • Graphic Designer
  • Industrial/Product Designer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Multimedia Artist/Animator
  • Technical Writer 
  • Web Designer
  • Photographer

Choose a Graphic Arts Concentration

Core art classes prepare students to branch out into more specific areas of study, and every student pursuing a degree in Graphic Art degree chooses one of the following concentrations:

Two students taking while working on a redesigned logo for Ivanhoe's

With a Graphic Art—Design concentration, your classes will focus on typography, editorial design, layout, prepress, branding, packaging design, web design, and web animation.

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Students interested in a Graphic Art—Illustration concentration focus on drawing, painting, storyboarding, visual voice, and visual narrative. Illustration students will study and practice how to tell stories visually, learn character development techniques, and experiment with a variety of digital and tangible mediums, from water-based media to Adobe Illustrator.

A student holding a Nikon camera

With a Graphic Art—Photography concentration, you will focus on studio and location portraiture, photo illustration, and commercial genres like food, fashion and advertising images, as well as digital tools and analog darkroom techniques. View a portfolio of our photo courses.

Graphic Art Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Liberal Arts Foundational Core

A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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