Our graduates work for small design studios, advertising agencies, publishers, production houses, animation studios, corporate design offices, and a wide variety of institutions such as hospitals, colleges, cities. In addition, many of our graduates have gone to work for ministry organizations all over the world.
Kevan Gerdes '12
"My experience at JBU taught me to meet deadlines, pair typefaces, and pay attention to the details, which now I use in my work as a Graphic Designer to create greeting cards."
Chris Eshnaur '12
"My time at JBU really encouraged me to further the bounds of my creativity and to continually seek new and innovative ways to communicate. More importantly, I learned that with Art, just like anything else in life, the quality of the product you produce is a direct result of the effort you put into it."
Justin Eddy '10
Marialiset Paz De Leon '01
"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?? "
Some designers and illustrators work exclusively in print, while others work in web design, television or work as account executives or office managers rather than as hands-on designers. Some freelance, and a number have begun their own businesses. Other recent graduates who now work in the area of graphic and web design include:
Anna Andrus '12 - Graphic Designer for Moxy Ox
Cara Harlan '11 - Graphic Designer at Master Print Group
Dave Abbott '10 - Video Producer at Whittier Area Community Church
Jesse DeFriese Skidmore '10 - Children's book illustrator, Tate Publishing
Phil Roberts '10 - Creative Media Producer, Black Orchard Studios
Christy Hall '08 - Graphic Designer for the Soderquist Center
Bobby Chamberlain '07 - Graphic Designer at Mitchell Communications
Miles Witt Boyer '07 - Professional Photographer
Tim Woodring '07 - Art Director at AvreaFoster
Rachel Beilfuss '06 - Art teacher for White Settlement
Dave Ellcey '04 - Graphic Designer at Simmons
Other possible career choices include (but are not limited to):
- Graphic Designer – A graphic designer is responsible to assemble images, graphics, and typography to communicate an idea or concept to an audience. Graphic designers are employed by a range of companies for both print and web designs. A graphic designer’s primary priority is to communicate information in an appealing and memorable way.
- Creative/Art Director – A creative director oversees the team that produces the final visual product for a client. This team could include a range of professionals from graphic designers, photographers, artists, illustrators to writers and a production staff. Typically advertising agencies, newspapers, public relation firms, marketing firms and even manufacturers need a Creative Director with an intimate understanding of product advertisement and graphic production.
- Layout Artist – A layout artist creates an aesthetically pleasing interaction of images and text. Typically a layout artist arranges text and photos primarily for magazines and newspapers and also for websites and digital documents. They focus on directing the readers’ attention to the most important material on the page while graphically maximizing all of the information on a page.
- Brand Identity Designer – This type of designer establishes an entire line of graphics for a specific company or product in order to standardize the characteristics of the brand and the message that the client is trying to communicate to the public.
- Logo Designer – This type of designer works specifically with logo development. The logo of a company, club, or group communicates an identity and message to everyone who sees it. A designer focuses on logo development has to be creative in taking the personality of an organization and communicating it through logo art.
- Web Designer – A web designer can have a wide range of responsibilities. They can work specifically on a type of web design like graphics, web-interface, user-experience, and search engines. They can also be employed to simply build web-sites from the ground up. Overall a web designer is employed to build and maintain a web presence for an organization.