graphic design


Why Graphic Design

Looking for a career that is both artistic and challenging? Graphic design is a creative visual arts profession that applies skills from a wide range of disciplines toward original and innovative design solutions.  As a graphic designer, you will explore the convergence of aesthetics, communication, and everyday life and contemporary culture through image and text.

Why Wayland?
At Wayland, we treat graphic design as more than just a degree in visual communication.  We see it as a combination of art, craft, and performance.  For us, design is about giving substance to ideas and making meaningful connections with viewers.   We do this through hands-on learning, allowing you to get the practical, real-life experience you need to succeed in the field.
Your Resources
In our state-of-the-art facilities you will gain experience using the latest software and newest technologies available so that you are career-ready when you leave.  But, we also treat technology as a means to design, not the end in itself.  In Wayland’s design program you will be trained not only in graphic design and design history but also in correlative disciplines and media including: illustration, printmaking, digital photography, and typography.

What Courses Will I Take?

In the Graphic Design Major, you will take a combination of classes that deal with the foundations of art, such as drawing and art history, as well as classes in the discipline of graphic design, such as Computer Graphic Design, Printmaking, and Digital Photography.  For a complete list of the courses in the Major and Minor, see the list below:


Requirements for Graphic Design Major


ART 1302 Drawing I
ART 2303 Design I
ART 2307 Printmaking I
ART 2308 Art History Survey I
ART 2309 Art History Survey II
ART 2330 Computer Graphic Design I
ART 2331 Digital Photography
ART 3300 Intermediate Digital Photography
ART 3303 Design II
ART 3307 Printmaking II
ART 3330 Computer Graphic Design II
ART 3331 Typography & Branding
ART 3332 Graphic Design History
ART 4360 Practicum
three hours from the following courses:
ART 4316 Graphic Design Special Topic
ART 4361 Graphic Design Internship


Requirements for the Graphic Design Minor

Art History Component (ART 2308, 2309, or 3331 Design History)
three hours from
ART 1302 Drawing I
ART 2303 Design I
three hours from
ART 2331 Digital Photography
ART 2307 Printmaking I
ART 2330 Computer Graphic Design I
ART 3330 Computer Graphic Design II
ART 3332 Typography & Branding


Scholarships Available
At Wayland, your education is affordable.  Priced to compete with larger state schools, we offer a great education with more personal attention and greater opportunities to get involved in your campus community.   In fact, Wayland’s tuition and fees rank among the lowest of any accredited institution in the South. We believe that lack of immediate funds or financial hardship should not stand in the way of a purposeful university education.

We offer a number of scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid for our students.  Below is a list of the most common types of assistance our students receive:
   University Scholarships
   Departmental Scholarships
   Student Employment
   Federal Loans
   Private Loans
If you have questions about financial aid, please contact a financial aid counselor or an instructor in the School of Fine Arts.

Your Future in Graphic Design
Graphic design is a rapidly growing field. According to data published by the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, jobs related to graphic design have grown nationally from roughly 142,000 in 2002, to just over 286,000 in 2008 and the field is expected to continue to grow over the next ten years. The national median wage for graphic designers in 2010 was $43,500, although careers in design are often springboards for other marketing and media related vocations, such as Art Direction, which often pays over $80,000 per year. 

A Higher Education
At Wayland Baptist, we combine instruction in graphic design with teachings in Christian missions and ethics, informing you about social consciousness and responsibility.  We believe that it is important to equip our students not only intellectually, but spiritually for a life in an industry that has a direct impact on the culture around us.