Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program prepares graduates for a career. With an equal emphasis on concept and technique the student learns to solve real business problems using the latest in professional tools. Graduates will have the coursework, the internship, and the portfolio necessary to quickly move forward in fields such as print design, advertising, web and app design, motion graphics, and other related opportunities.

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Meet our award-winning Graphic Design professors and hear them talk about inspiring and educating students.

Work in Incredible Facilities

Seven Reasons to Study Graphic Design at JBU

Reason #1

Work in Incredible Facilities

With 24-hour access, our two 3-story visual art facilities are about as nice as you can find. These are beautiful buildings filled with excellent equipment.

Tour the World

Seven Reasons to Study Graphic Design at JBU

Reason #2

Tour the World

Every summer, JBU hosts a European Art Tour and one or more international summer studies trips. See world class art and see the world!

Display Your Creativity

Seven Reasons to Study Graphic Design at JBU

Reason #3

Display Your Creativity

Show off in the annual Student Works Show, a highlight in the JBU calendar. It is also possible to reserve an art gallery for your personal exhibit.

Explore the Art Gallery

Seven Reasons to Study Graphic Design at JBU

Reason #4

Explore the Art Gallery

JBU’s art gallery, the second best in NWA, hosts a myriad of professional artists and their work, providing students direct contact with professionals in their field.

Get Real Experience

Seven Reasons to Study Graphic Design at JBU

Reason #5

Get Real Experience

Northwest Arkansas has about 300 Fortune 500 companies in the area. We have graduates in all the top area design departments and many of these companies actively recruit our graduates and interns.

Gain Great Exposure

Seven Reasons to Study Graphic Design at JBU

Reason #6

Gain Great Exposure

Every year, seniors display their best work for potential employers at the JBU Portfolio Show, which draws a large group of recruiters as well as hundreds of friends and family.

Mingle with Experts

Seven Reasons to Study Graphic Design at JBU

Reason #7

Mingle with Experts

Every year we bring in a variety of talented and well-known artists, photographers, and filmmakers from around the country to speak to our campus and conduct workshops for visual art students.

Dave Andrus

Faculty Profile

Dave Andrus

Professor of Visual Arts

Andrus co-founded the JBU Visual Arts department in 1990. Andrus works in oil painting, calligraphy, and digital art. He loves to travel, canoe, camp, fish, garden, read, and follow the Kansas City Chiefs.

M.F.A. Syracuse University
B.A. John Brown University

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Todd Goehner

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Todd Goehner

Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Goehner has a passion for helping ministries with their visual communication needs. He has extensive experience in graphic design, collaborative design and art direction. He is leading JBU's new MFA in Visual Communication Design.

M.F.A., University of Idaho
B.S., John Brown University

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Bob Martin

Faculty Profile

Bob Martin

Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Martin is a printmaker, painter and curator. Martin’s artwork is exhibited and collected internationally, and is displayed in numerous museum collections. He teaches printmaking, screen printing and art foundation courses.

M.F.A., University of Arkansas
B.A., Northeastern State University

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Kyle Agee

Faculty Profile

Kyle Agee

Instructor of Visual Arts

While his main medium is photography, Agee has worked as a graphic designer, photojournalist, television editor, and offset printer with clients that include The Outdoor Channel and the U.S. Navy Blue Angel Squadron.

B.S., John Brown University

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Mariali Paz De Leon, ’01

Mariali Paz De Leon, ’01

Creative Director, DaySpring Cards

“JBU was the greatest launch pad for my career in graphic design. It taught me the right foundations and necessary skills to succeed in the field of advertising. Since graduating, the art program has only continued to improve dramatically ... Can I have a second round at JBU, please??”