Graphic Art

Major

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.

Choose an Art 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:

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Design

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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Illustration

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.

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Photography

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.

Ross Kimbrell
Class of 2021
I am a firm believer that no classroom, no matter how prestigious the school or its teachers, can teach a student what it’s like to really experience their real field of study. That’s the main reason why I love that Taylor requires some type of internship or practicum from practically all of its students.

Graphic Art Curriculum & Degree Options

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

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as 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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