COVID Response



Graphic Design

School of Arts & Humanities

Interested in print design, digital illustration, type design, web/mobile design, package design, animation/motion graphics, or other digital media?

Prepare to work in various industries and be able to apply your visual communication skills to the inevitable changes in media that are ahead. The graphic design major is a comprehensive curriculum that combines creativity and artistic abilities with industry-leading software to teach students visual communication and problem solving that has applications in many sectors of the job market.

Feature Work

Our students frequently present their work in gallery settings. Their portfolios are brimming with pieces they’ve created for internships and work experiences, course assignments, community organizations and businesses, and the Milligan campus. They’re sought after for internships and special projects.

And they’re getting noticed. Read about:

  • Megan Gaylor — won “Student Best of Show” at the American Advertising Awards in 2016
  • Candace Tingle - graphic designCandace Tingle  — one of her typography pieces was featured as the cover for Milligan’s literary journal, “The Phoenix,” and she’s had an exciting internship with Eastman Chemical Company. She also designed the brand identity for Isaiah 117 House, a local ministry for foster children
  • Gloria Vazquez  —  earned a graphic design scholarship from the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee


The graphic design curriculum blends critical analyses, theoretical issues, and practical skills. Central to the major is an approach to the study of graphic design from a distinctly Christian worldview. A minor is also available.

Graphic design majors at Milligan learn:

  • the elements of design and how they apply to various media
  • the fundamental skills, theories, principles, and technologies necessary in the creation of design work
  • how to formulate a personal creative process and aesthetic direction for work that communicates visually
  • an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of a graphic designer, with a specific emphasis on Christian faith
  • skill in computer applications relating to their area of expertise

Student-Run Media Agency

All graphic design majors participate in a student-run media agency.

  • Real projects for real clients (on- and off-campus)
  • Students work as a creative team with faculty advisement
  • Publicity and promotion, website design and development, graphic design, video services
  • Opportunities for various experiences and advancement

Senior Capstone Course

All students take a capstone course in their senior year to provide specific practical skills and knowledge for launching a successful communications career and to read and reflect on living as a disciple of Jesus Christ while working in their vocation.

Faith, Arts & Culture Events »


Milligan’s graphic design major is led by award-winning designer Art Brown.

Brown has 20 years of experience in corporate and academic settings. He has created work for Fortune 500 companies and numerous regional companies and organizations. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art/graphic design from East Tennessee State University. He recently displayed work in a national juried show at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. As an artist, his work has been included in both local, national and international exhibitions.


A minor in graphic design is suggested for any student whose future endeavors may involve the creation or implementation of visual communications. Students gain in-depth experience using industry-standard computer software while acquiring an understanding of graphic design principles and the various formats used in the field. The graphic design minor serves as an excellent complement to many majors, including business administration (marketing concentration), computer information systems, fine arts (art concentration), and communications (public relations and advertising concentration). This minor better prepares students for their future careers by offering them marketable skills, enabling them to become more viable in today’s competitive job market.


Scholarships are available in some areas, based on the applicant’s talent and ability, academic achievement, and need. Award amounts vary at the discretion of the faculty. Learn more »

For more information, call 800.262.8337 or email admissions@milligan.edu.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


What can I do with a degree in Graphic Design?

Download a list of potential careers in Graphic Design.

Visit & Apply


Simon J. Dahlman

Simon J. Dahlman

Professor of Communications; Faculty Adviser to the Stampede; Area Chair of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts

Phone: 423.461.8994
Contact via email
Office: Paxson Communications Center 104