Creative Design at Work

Harness your talents for productive creativity with one of our programs in graphic design. As a graphic designer, you use your God-given talents — and the elements and principles of art — to create visual concepts that inspire, inform, and captivate clients and consumers.

You can earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art (Graphic Design), a Graphic Design minor, or a minor in Animation in a nurturing Christian environment that encourages excellence. You learn from outstanding faculty mentors, collaborate on projects with classmates, and have opportunities that build your resume even before graduation.

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Why You’ll Love Graphic Design at Belhaven

Nationally Accredited

Since 1984, Belhaven has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). We’re proud to be one of only 39 U.S. universities accredited in all four of the major arts.

Industry-Leading Tech

Gain access to the latest in Apple hardware to experience the full Adobe Creative Suite of software in one of our state-of-the-art Mac labs.

Community of Makers

Make your ideas a reality with advanced facilities and technology.

Industry Internships

These vital experiences connect you to the design community and often result in our majors gaining employment before graduation.

Professional Feedback

Receive critiques from industry professionals, guest artists, and working professors each semester

Fine Arts Foundation

Design from a fine arts foundation to see deeply and communicate effectively

13:1 Students to Faculty

Our instructors know and care about you.

Job Placement

95% of graphic design majors are gainfully employed within six months of graduation

What Can You Do with a Graphic Design Degree?

Here are some of the positions currently held by visual arts alumni:

  • Art Director, Red Squared (Zoe Walker, ‘19)
  • Computer Scientist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) (Michael Clement ‘19)
  • Graphic Designer, Landshark Promotions (Erica Estes ‘17)
  • Creative Service Specialist, Texas Hospital Association (Natalie Guillot ‘16)
  • Graphic Designer, Variable Inc. (Graham Stauffer ‘18)
  • Engineering Assistant at Storm Services LLC (Grady Hughes ‘16)
  • Filmmaker (Joey Nelms ‘16)
  • Lead Graphic Designer at CREATIVCLIMAT (Katy Veldhorst ‘15)
  • Graphic Designer at AgoraEversole (Gracey Vaughn ‘19)
  • Social Media Manager & Graphic Design at Cueller & Associates LLC (Erica Rempel ‘19)
  • Application Developer at IBM (Nicholas Sullivan ‘19)
  • Business Operations Coordinator at American Red Cross (Brittley Hatten ‘20)
  • Brand Designer (Sarah Hillman ‘20)

What Skills Do You Gain at Belhaven?

  • Drawing and design
  • Computer graphics (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Branding and packaging design
  • Digital imaging and animation
  • Film and Digital Photography
  • Print design and layout
  • Web design

Work With Professionals

  • Local graphic design agencies
  • Local full-service advertising agencies
  • Communications and design departments in various corporations
  • The Belhaven University communications department
  • Local church public relations and design departments
  • Freelance and independent graphic design studio artists
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A Celebrated Haven for Arts Education

Only 39 universities in the U.S. are accredited in all major arts. Belhaven is one. That means master classes, great performances, and national competitions. When you study art, dance, music, or theatre here, you’re earning a degree from a nationally recognized school for the arts.

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Graphic Design: Your Classes

Minor in Graphic Design

Double major graduate

Double Major & Get Your 5th Year Free

Fuel your academic passions and expand your career options. Belhaven offers our freshmen a unique deal: double major, and we’ll pay the tuition if you need a fifth year in school. Double major in two arts programs, pair a business degree with a STEM major … the possibilities are endless!

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Art + Design Scholarships

In addition to our Visit Scholarship, you can supplement your financial aid award with an academic scholarship from Belhaven's School of the Arts!

To qualify, you must be accepted for admission, submit your high school GPA and test scores, and complete your FAFSA. When you schedule a personal visit or attend an Arts Discover Day, we'll assess your scholarship potential when you present your portfolio to one of our professors.

It's time to show off your skills — let's get started!

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Contact Us

Office of Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

For campus visit:
Jimmy Hood Welcome Center
855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932

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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13