Graphic Design & Digital Arts

Change your world with design!

Make a difference with your unique sense of color, design, style, and creativity at Malone University in our Graphic Design and Digital Arts major.

The best graphic designers are not only communicators but also problem solvers, organizers, synthesizers, and activists. They can be a voice for the voiceless, provide new insight, and capture attention through the visual presentation of content. At Malone, students are taught to find the balance between individual expression and collaborative, team-oriented processes that mimic a professional client-designer relationship. Artists spend time learning industry standard software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and other digital media tools while also developing soft-skills, business skills, managing the creative spirit, and considering the client as more important than themselves. 

Realize your artistic vision through digital and multi-media approaches using paint, graphite, etc. Integrate design thinking and research as you respond to the history and trends of the art and craft of graphic design. Graduate with a portfolio that represents the artist you have become, ready to apply for industry jobs or pursue graduate school.

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Be creative in a community

Malone University Visual Arts is a diverse group of professors and students who love to create. Situated in the Akron/Canton, the area provides a variety of opportunities to participate in local arts and culture. From Cuyahoga National Park or the beach to the cities of Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Malone’s location provides a blend of natural and urban resources within two hours of the studios on campus. 

Faculty Bio

Featured Instructor

Professor Daniel Swartz

Graphic Design & Illustration 

The world needs strong designers

Students who graduate with this degree may find success in a number of careers, including:

  • Marketing and advertising
  • Communication and public relations design
  • Non-profit design
  • Logo design, branding and visual identity design
  • Creative and art direction
  • Graphic design for print or screen, layout, or production art 
  • Publication design
  • Social media asset art
  • Art and design instructor
  • Book and magazine design
  • Surface designer
  • Illustration or commercial art
  • Web and motion visual assets creation
  • Costume designer
  • Email marketing
  • Typographer

Off-campus enrichment

Local Arts Engagement

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View course curriculum

The Graphic Design and Digital Arts major curriculum (courses and course listings) is available in the official Academic Catalog

Once in the catalog, you can use the buttons (pictured left) located at the upper right of the page to plan your courses, save courses to your own personalized catalog, print, and more! 

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Mural enriches community and promotes awareness

Alexa Thompson ‘19 and Tim Carmany ‘07 are two Malone grads who worked together to complete a special mural in downtown Canton.