The four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design degree at Missouri Western will prepare you for a career as a graphic artist.

Graphic designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They decide the most effective way of getting a message across in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques.

A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions.

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All Graphic Design majors complete internships at businesses, design firms, advertising agencies and organizations to gain practical experience in their field before they graduate. Internships offered in the student’s final year, advance the educational process by extending the curriculum into the business world. Students have the opportunity to pursue internships on-campus, locally, regionally, and nationally. The following list contains just a few of the internship experiences our students have completed.

  • Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
  • C3 Creative Concepts International
  • Callahan Creek Marketing Agency
  • The Phoenix Magazine
  • Sandlot & Co.
  • Two Tone Press
  • Valhalla Studios
  • TOMS Shoes (Creative)
  • The Pitch, Kansas City
  • Sporting KC
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Kansas City Magazine
  • Pipeline Productions
  • Empower U
  • Saint Joseph Museums
  • The Roark Group

MWSU Student Graphic Design Employment 2020

All positions are in the graphic design field

 (Art Director, Designer, Production, Marketing, Creative Director, Design Instructor, etc.)

Graphic Designers can be employed by large or small advertising agencies, design firms, publishers, in-house creative departments, and on a freelance basis. Type of work includes logo and brand development, advertising campaigns, environmental graphics, layout and production of magazines, journals, corporate reports, websites, interactive, and social media marketing. The following is a partial list of businesses and corporations where MWSU graphic design graduates are currently employed.

Barkley  (Senior Designer, Senior Studio Artist, Studio Designer)
Hallmark (Graphic Designer, Creative Technology Manager)
Populous (Graphic Designer and Associate)
Kansas City Ballet (Graphic Designer & Marketing Coordinator)
Good Notion (Design Lead, COO)
Lifestyle Publications (Graphic Designer, Layout Designer, Layout Designer)
Ashley Cameron Design, Inc. (Branding, Web Development, Marketing)
Kansas City Union Station, Inc. (Graphic Designer)
WORboys Design (Lead Creative)
Charter Spectrum (Product Designer)
Gear For Sports (Image Specialist, Screen Production Artist, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer)
Sandlot & Co. (Graphic Designer)
BicMedia (Art Director)
ACI Architects (Graphic Designer)
North Kansas City Hospital (Creative Production Specialist)
Advisors Excel (Graphic Designer)
Proud Salemander (Art Director)
Boehringer-Ingelheim (Graphic Design Technician)
St Joseph Museums, Inc. (Graphic Designer/Marketing Coordinator)
Element – MJH, LLC (Senior Graphic Designer)
Greenwell Design (Owner, Designer)
Red 5 Interactive (Graphic Designer)
Common Era Collective (Partner/Designer)
Timmermann Group (Interactive Designer)
Yellow Frog (Graphic Design Manager, Graphic Designer, Installer)
Angus Media (Graphic Artist, Graphic Artist, Web Designer)
Benedictine College (Graphic Designer)
HERLIFE Magazine (Editor-in-Chief)
Kiewit Energy Jobs (Mechanical Designer)
West Rose (Designer, Photographer)
SelectQuote (Manager, Branding & Creative Services)
Sunshine Electronic Display Corporation (Graphic Designer)
UNELKO (Lead Graphic Designer)
Sandweiss Koster/SKOPOS (Designer/Production Artist)
Walsworth Publishing (Creative Services Designer, Graphic Designer, Creative Services Designer)
Highland Community College (Graphic Design Instructor)
Hallie Fry (Owner, Designer, Photographer)
US Toy (Graphic Designer)
Jones Huyett Partners (Graphic Designer)
One Source (Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Design Specialist)
Gill Studios (Prepress Graphic Artist)
NewsPress (Graphic Designer, Multimedia Marketing Consultant)
Bright Ideas (Products Manager)
Vision Graphics and Design (Graphic Designer)
Entertainment Media (Creative Director)

Graphic Design Student Stories

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General Studies
Major Requirements
ART 110Beginning Drawing I3
ART 120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 129Design Software Applications3
ART 160Beginning Drawing II3
ART 170Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 192Digital Imaging3
ART 205Survey of Art History I3
ART 255Survey of Art History II3
ART 290Graphic Design I3
ART 292Graphic Design II3
ART 315Illustration I3
ART 333Typography3
ART 344User Experience Design3
ART 349Interactive Design I3
ART 359Photography I3
ART 390Graphic Design III3
ART 449Interactive Design II3
ART 488Final Portfolio3
ART 490Graphic Design IV3
ART 493Internship In Art2-6
Select six additional credit hours of advanced graphic design electives6
Graphic Design II
Graphic Design III
Graphic Design IV
Select three additional credit hours of guided electives6
Motion Graphics
Painting II
Topics in Ancient/Medieval Art
Topics in Modern/Contemporary Art
Topics in Renaissance/Baroque Art
Topics in Non-Western Art
Internship In Art
Introduction to Mass Media
Digital Videography
Media Design
Principles of Marketing
Digital Marketing
Advertising and Promotion
Selection six additional credit hours of Art History6

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
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  • Grade of C or higher must be earned in all classes required of the major.