Graphic Design Student Opportunities

Clubs and Organizations

S.P.E.C. Graphic Design Club (Student Partnership for Expanding Creativity) Is the official student organization of The Belhaven Graphic Design Department.  The organization uses graphic design to provide design solutions to the community.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are available for students as our department is notified of openings.  We get notifications on a regular basis for internship placement in various creative agencies including:

  • Local graphic design agencies
  • Local full-service advertising agencies
  • Communications/Design departments in various corporations
  • The Belhaven University communications department
  • Local church public relations/design departments
  • Work with freelance and independent graphic design studio artists

There are other opportunities within the graphic design department experience that will help to prepare our students for their success. These include:

Merge Creative Conference

In partnership with American Advertising Federation’s of Jackson, We host a graphic design conference each year called MERGE, which allows students a full day of creative inspiration and learning from professional creatives. This conference is attended by design students across the region.

Off-Campus Experience

We take off-campus trips to local vendors such as printing companies, paper companies, galleries, and creative agencies.

Juried Exhibition

We offer the students an opportunity to have work judged and chosen for the Annual Graphic Design Show each year. This work is judged by creative professionals. The work chosen is work that is felt to be relevant and could be successful now within the graphic design industry.

Professional Portfolio Reviews

The student has multiple opportunities to have their work receive feedback during their time as a graphic design major. Each spring there is an upper classman portfolio review, as well as opportunity for portfolio during the MERGE conference in the Spring. Speakers also frequent the department and offer feedback to students on work as well.