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Art & Graphic Design degree program at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma

Graphic Design Degree

Once you select a major, we know you are anxious to start working towards your career field. That’s why SNU offers you immediate exposure to understanding the design process from concept to final product. Which means you will be training yourself to think like a designer in no time. Within your first year you will be learning through hands-on use of equipment beyond software. Large format printing. Binding. Our small class size allows for personal, individual attention throughout the program with focus on job placement in the field. Unlike cookie cutter models, SNU strives to help you develop your own individual design style based on your personal strengths.

Prosper in a Variety of Opportunities

You will be supported by other students and faculty as you develop your own personal design aesthetic. One-on-one, non judgmental critiques will help you grow as a designer through nurturing guidance from faculty who are invested in your success.

At SNU we know you want your education to extend beyond the classroom. That’s why our graphic design program offers an extended list of internship possibilities. Children’s medical Research. Funnel Design. Credo House. Life Church. Third Degree Advertising Agency. Staple Gun. You may want to join one of the professional associations to network with current and future graphic designers and firms. American Institute of Graphic Arts. Ad Club. Associations for Women in Communication. Oklahoma Creativity Forum. Or consider putting your graphic design skills to the test in the Addy Awards competition. One of our current students is a two time winner in the student category. Your ad could be next!

Careers in Graphic Design

When you graduate with your degree in graphic design from SNU, you’ll have the preparation you need for a successful career in many professions such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Artist
  • Packaging Designer
  • Art Teacher

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Graphic Design

The Program

  • Offers immediate exposure to understanding the design process from concept to final product
  • Hands-on use of equipment beyond software within a student’s first year
  • Small class size allows for personal, individual attention throughout the program with focus on job placement after graduation
  • Strives to help students hone in on and develop their personal design aesthetic based on their individual strengths
  • Provides a variety of unique internship and experience opportunities

The Professors

  • A 5-time winner of the Addy Awards, the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition
  • Four time Society of Professional Journalism Award winner
  • Have a vast network of relationships with professional printers and design agencies
  • Hold staggering professional portfolio filled with professional experiences

The Preparation

  • SNU graduates hold the knowledge to get great jobs or continue their education
  • Graphic Design majors hold jobs at graphic design firms, advertising agencies, free-lance graphic design jobs, some even enter the workforce prior to graduation

Departmental Objectives

  • Students will understand and demonstrate the design process from start to finish.
  • Students can visually and verbally articulate chosen concept and final design solution in a classroom and professional setting.
  • Student will exhibit graphic design projects with a professional level of presentation and craft skills.
  • Students can critique or evaluate design skills and design solutions, individually and in peer situations.
  • Students understand and demonstrate proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite software applications.
  • Students will participate in the local art and design community.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of the history and contemporary trends of graphic design.

Department of Art & Design

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Melodi McWilliams
Administrative Assistant,
Communication Arts Division

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Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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