Graphic Arts Diploma

The Graphic Arts Diploma is a 69 credit hour program designed to lay a solid foundation in the visual arts.

Career and Ministry Opportunities

  • Church Staff – Graphic Artist, Visual Media Director
  • Lay Ministry – Promotion Team Member, Media Team Member, Deacon/Elder of Worship
  • Other – Freelance Artist, Graphic Artist

Program Goals

Upon graduation, the student will

  • Have a general knowledge of the Bible and its doctrines.
  • Understand how to develop a growing relationship with God, in Christ, through the Spirit.
  • Be well rounded in General Studies including Communication, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Culture and Logic
  • Understand the foundational skills of an artist.
  • Have 2nd year college level skills in graphic design.

General Education – 22 credits hours

Required Technology: ART-220 Introduction to Computer Graphics

Bible Core Classes – 18 credit hours


Art Foundations – 14 credit hours

ART-101 Introduction to the Visual Arts

2 credit hours

An introduction to the theory, practice and language of visual arts. The class will focus on how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it and how it is a reflection of the culture that produced it.

ART-110 Drawing I

3 credit hours

An introduction to basic observational drawing concepts: line, space, form and perspective. Gain awareness and skills to create on paper what your eye sees.

ART-115 Drawing II
A continuation of the skills learned in Drawing I. Students will be introduced to the human figure drawings, contour, gesture and long term assignments. They will explore and practice with a variety of media (graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, ink, sharpies, etc.) Prerequisite: ART-110
ART-210 Design I

3 credit hours

An introduction to the abstract elements of line, texture, shape, space, color, values and patterns. Employ basic media techniques and tools with emphasis on craftsmanship.

ART-230 Digital Imagery

3 credit hours

An introduction to photography. Provides foundational instruction in digital based photographic imagery. Learn to plan and produce digital images that demonstrate an understanding of composition, light, color and visual impact. Prerequisite: ART-110.

Graphic Arts – 12 credit hours

ART-215 Design II

3 credit hours

Student artists apply the vocabulary of Design I to projects of increasing complexity. Communicating in representational,
abstract and non-objective formats, students give multi-sensory form to original concepts using 2D and 3D media. Prerequisite: ART-210
ART-250 Typography I

3 credit hours

A study of the art of typography. An emphasis is placed on the history of type, anatomy of letter forms and appropriate uses of prescribed type faces. Prerequisite: ART-210

ART-260 Commercial Layout and Design
3 credit hoursAn introduction to the preparation of graphic design and advertising art for reproduction, including the essentials of art work, boards, rules, type, grounds, and printing production. Prerequisite: ART-230, ART-250
ART-340 Visual Communication I

3 credit hours

Introduces Graphic Design concepts and methods used in page layout for print and web. Explores marketing principles and strategies, ad layout models, art direction, campaign development and production issues. Prerequisite: ART-260

ART-290 Art Practicum

3 credit hours

Apply visual art in a real-world setting. Build practical skill and gain experience through work in a professional setting. Church or para-church ministry settings will be given priority.