Students interested in graphic design at Hastings College major in Digital Design & Development, which features a collection of courses and experiences that allow you to develop your talents and build concepting and design skills in a variety of mediums and software. Through opportunities on campus, in coursework and internships, you’ll build confidence in your design skills — and build a bold resume that demonstrates your creativity and know-how.

Graphic and digital design at Hastings College is centered in the Department of Visual Arts. Here, you’ll work with engaged faculty who geek out over everything from fonts and typography to the use of color that sends a message — and the role of good design in everything from web and digital to video production and print.

Building your skills

The depth and expertise of faculty in our Department of Visual Arts help you develop your eye for design. You’ll simply learn to see what others don’t, and understand why some elements work well together, and why others may send the wrong subliminal message. In the end, it’s about visual story telling and having the design match the message.

Hands-on experience through our Center for Applied Media Arts and internships get you ready to impress future employers with your skills and design portfolio. Students focusing on graphic design see opportunities in a number of career paths, including advertising agencies, small and large businesses, illustrators, marketing offices, print and television media, video production companies and as working artists.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Go further with a Hastings Education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Graduate with experience

Students studying digital design at Hastings College do a lot more than spend time in classrooms learning the ins and outs of advanced software and the elements of design and typography. You’ll design posters for student organizations and events, logos and brand identity packages for local businesses, and motion graphics for campus video productions. You’ll build your presentation skills so you’ll be ready to talk with employers — and clients.

Our Center for Applied Media Arts provides all these experiences plus opportunities to complete special projects for all parts of campus, from our marketing office to academic departments looking for help designing materials for invited speakers, special events and web pages.

Through these experiences, you’ll build skills that will help you earn a quality internship that provides real-world experience that matters in today’s job market.

At every step in your path you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College and you won’t find it anywhere else.

All the extras aren't extra

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No-cost study abroad — During your second year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?

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Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.

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iPad Pro + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!


Hastings offers media scholarships for majors and those who participate in media-related activities on campus, including design.

Complete this form to let us know you’re interested in a scholarship!

While we accept scholarship applications year round, for best consideration, we recommend you:

  • Complete your admissions application by February 15, and
  • Meet talent scholarship requirements, such as an interview, by March 15.

Every student receives at least $11,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!).

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