Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Graphic Design Specialization


Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design Specialization can equip you to become a strategic communicator of innovative ideas through design. You will develop the skills to envision, create and produce a wide range of messages for any media, and often visual, physical and audible simultaneously. Do you want you to be a professional? Join us. We can help.

Professional preparation and specialized instruction means that over 65% of your classes at ORU are dedicated to your major starting the first semester you arrive. Combined with the studio environment, you will spend more time than the average student learning what is essential for success. Through our studio environment, mentorship, portfolio reviews, client-driven projects, and internship requirements you can be assured you will experience workplace expectations before you graduate, regardless of what the future holds.  

But a future proof degree represents more than just technical skills. The Graphic Design Specialization will expose you to design thinking, creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary tools the design challenges our modern environments require. Through the careful placement and cultivation of theory, brainstorming and practice, the critical skill sets ORU is famous for will provide leadership opportunities for those willing to accept the challenge. Paired with our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education, you can truly set yourself apart as an leader and professional to impact the world. 

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders, with professional preparation common to the BFA degree, is why you can graduate feeling ready to take on the world. The structure of the program provides you with the experience and environment to build your skillset and confidence. You will experience the intellectual and aesthetic principles used by successful designers to create with and for people. You will be prepared to self-motivate and self-educate to adapt to the ever-changing future of digital technology.

Are you up for the challenge? Do you want to be a professional too?

What can I do with a BFA in Graphic Design?

Talented and creative graduates can enjoy successful careers, including:  

  •  Graphic or Web Design
  • Advertising or Brand Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Photography
  • Creative Director
  • Business Owner

What classes will I take? 

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Art and Design History
  • Drawing
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Motion Design
  • Internship


Why does ORU’s BFA in Graphic Design stand out?

In addition to the intellectual preparation you will receive, the philosophy of Whole Person Education fosters and creates an atmosphere of collaboration, nurtures the imagination and courts the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. By dedicating ourselves to being masters of the divine gifts we have been given, we represent Whole Leaders for the Whole World, especially in the dark and desperate places in our culture.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The graphic design program follows the guidelines established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. The Gloria B. Scholarship Fund is also available to art majors. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

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