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Graphic Design

Major

What will I learn?

Combining art and the practical use of text, signs and image, you will learn to communicate a message, idea or experience for a multitude of platforms. You'll develop critical design thinking and creative problem-solving in print, web and other digital media forms, incorporating the latest software programs.

This course has a how-to approach to graphic design, from concept to development or finished product. The essential methods and tools of professional designers will be taught in projects with practical applications—for print and web design. An emphasis will be placed on the use of the Macintosh computer as a layout and design tool, with instruction using industry-standard software.

Graphic Design Scholarships Available!

Serious about studying graphic design at Simpson? We have a scholarship for that! If you are a graphic design major, all you have to do is submit a portfolio of nine works of art (maximum 15) and a one-page, written statement of intent. If selected, you will receive financial aid you can apply toward tuition and other expenses. 

The priority deadline for scholarship application is Feb. 19, 2021. Submit your applications materials to Justin Nostrala, chair of the department of graphic design, at the email below.

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What can I do with my degree?


A degree in Graphic Design from Simpson positions you to step into one of many design careers. The techniques and skills you practice are immediately transferrable to this growing field of opportunity.

Recent graduates have pursued exciting careers in the fields of graphic design, art director, web design and more. 

Students have also taken advantage of numerous internships, including:

  • Des Moines Menace Soccer Team
  • Des Moines Metro Opera
  • DLH Grafx
  • Ganette (Des Moines Register)
  • Gateway Dance Theatre
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Sammons Institutional Group   
  • Studio Fusco

Get Involved

There are great opportunities to learn outside the classroom. From galleries to research to internships, see how these experiences will help shape your time at Simpson.

Check out our work!


You're creative and you want to share your creativity with the world. As a graphic design student at Simpson College, you apply what you learn. Check out the work of senior graphic design students from the class of 2021, Kaitlyn Belieu, Kate Furr and Sara Trent.

Illustration of a ballerina in space by Simpson College student Kaitlyn Belieu

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