Graphic Design

Express Ideas, Shape Culture, Change Minds

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete

Degree Type: Undergraduate

Doane University's Graphic Design program prepares students to become successful, socially engaged designers who create effective visual communication informed by global and cultural awareness. We promote conceptual problem solving through research and experimentation, establishing a sustainable and ethical practice, engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration, and utilizing emerging technologies, to continually search for new methods for enhancing the human experience.

In the classroom, students are exposed to a breadth of graphic design specializations and have access to state-of-the-art technology.
Studio course projects include a variety of print and digital applications such as:

  • Packaging Design
  • Infographics
  • Visual Identity Systems
  • Publication Design
  • And Design for Social Change

In addition to graphic design studio courses, the major employs a strong foundation in the arts, an examination of communication, design theory, and history, as well as specialized classes in areas such as web design and motion graphics. 

Throughout their time in the program, students receive personalized attention, allowing them to pursue their individual career interests within the field of graphic design. No matter the area of interest, all graphic design students focus on developing strong concepts and establishing a creative process for becoming a visual problem solver. 

Career Paths

The Graphic Design major prepares students for a variety of career paths within the field of graphic design. 

  • Junior Graphic Designer - $58,976
  • Content Creator - $70,566
  • Motion Graphics Designer - $88,073
  • Mid Level UI / Visual Designer - $107,560

Graphic Design Job Salaries provided by Creative Circle and based on

Program Specialties

Our Graphics Lab is equipped with M1 Imacs, Large format and photo printers, Epson Scanner, Wacom Intuos tablets, and a Wacom Cintiq. In addition to our Graphics Lab students have access to our Fab Lab which is equipped with a Glowforge, Graphtec plotter/cutter, and Dremel 3D Printer.

Graphic Design is a fairly broad umbrella for many disciplines. Our program currently offers opportunities to learn about Branding, Motion Design, UI/UX, Print Design, Package Design, Merchandise Design, and Social Media Content Creation.

Recent Work

Four posters created by Graphic Design IV students inspired by Massimo Vignelli. Two posters are red, a nod to the Vignelli Canon, one is white with a black header and quotes, the fourth is tan with lines evoking the design of the New York City subway diagrams.

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Graphic Design student work shown in online exhibit celebrating Massimo Vignelli

Capital Gains app logo, the letters CG with an iPhone in between them.

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Las Vegas Stakes logo featuring the word Stakes and an outline of the city of Las Vegas, NV

Brand Identity Package: Las Vegas Stakes

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At Doane University, we reward students for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom. Through scholarships, grants, work-study, and on-campus employment, our students look forward to starting jobs, not payment plans.

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