Graphic Design

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Graphic Design, BA
Graphic Design, Minor 

Learn to design and advertise for print and digital media formats using a marketing-centered approach. Graphic Design has an ever-evolving job market and is a dynamic field of study! The Graphic Design Program at MSU-Northern will equip you with the skills, techniques and methodologies used by designers in the field today. Our program is a marriage of traditional media and digital technologies that provides students with strong foundational design knowledge and flexibility in current job markets. We provide one-on-one instruction from faculty that care about students and student outcomes. Check out our Facebook page to find more information and some of our student work!

Practical Design Foundation Marketing-Based Approach Personalized Instruction


As a Graphic Design major at MSU-Northern, you'll take a deep dive into subjects including:

  • Designing for Social Media
  • Motion Graphics
  • Print Design
  • Web Design & Development
  • Illustration Techniques & Traditional Media
  • 2-D Foundational Design

As you progress through the curriculum, you'll become proficient at:

  • Solving design and advertising problems using technical skill, creativity, and critical thinking
  • The software used in the design industry of today
  • Design principles, techniques, skills and methods
  • Adopting a marketing-centered approach to design
  • Creating layouts and compositions using a combination of traditional and digital media

Career Options

  • Advertising Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Packaging Designer
  • Publishing Designer
  • Website Designer

Academic Maps

Graphic Design BA
Graphic Design Minor


Joel Soiseth, MFA
   Office: Pershing Hall 203
   Phone: (406) 265-3501

Mary Ward, MFA
   Office: Pershing Hall 105 
   Phone: (406) 265-3596