Communication Design - Programs | Geneva College

BA Major • Minor

Communication Design

Study human communication alongside art practices including illustration, graphics, sculpture, speech and events

Communication design encourages meaningful human communication. Creative content drives important conversations in every profession and industry. Bring your love of fine art practice into professional service by enhancing and elevating your talent for cultivating memorable moments, moments enhancing human dignity and bringing people closer together.

Geneva trains designers to translate their artistic talents into honorable livelihoods for meaningful service to Christ and community.

Hands on Practice

Put your passion into practice by interning with one of the many local Pittsburgh artists and businesses

Biblically Based

Study communication design from a Biblical perspective—by emphasizing as imago dei, or image bearers of God, Geneva’s program teaches students an inclusive, accessible design process that considers the needs of all people

Artist Studio and Agency Tours

As part of the Communication Design program, students are introduced to practicing artists and manufacturers learning the dynamics of concept development, craftsmanship and completed projects.

Key Courses

Painting Techniques

Discover fundamental painting materials, processes, techniques and language related to the visual vocabulary and production of paintings.

3D Art Fundamentals

Use sculpture and architecture projects to learn how to make and manipulate structures

Culture and Communication

Gain insight into the values and culture by examining communication artifacts

Communication Design: Space

Study the theories and methods of communication in use of a variety of spaces

Experienced & Accomplished Faculty

The mission of the communication department is to enable students to gain the skills, insights, perspectives, and knowledge to become effective, competent, wis communicators as they represent Christ in their professions, communities, and families.

This mission rests on three premises:

  • Communication is a gift from God.
  • We are to be stewards and servants of these gifts.
  • We are called to use communication creatively and compassionately to bridge differences of culture, embody servant leadership, and transform society for the kingdom of Christ.

The learning objectives for communication design majors are: 

  1. Students majoring in communication design will develop relational skills, transactional skills, critical thinking, and professional identity.
  2. Students will be able to develop an understanding of self and others to effectively communicate in a variety of relationships, settings, and situations.
  3. Students will be able to convey messages (written, oral, visual) clearly, concisely, and correctly. They will also be able to critically analyze the messages of others.
  4. Students will be able to develop critical thinking skills which will aid them in making rational choices in a variety of personal and professional circumstances.
  5. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and values of their chosen vocation through a Christian perspective.

Career Outcomes

Graduates who aspire to have an impact in their communities and their careers through a Geneva Education gain expertise in this field enhanced by academics rooted in Christian values and ethics in Geneva’s program.


Job growth estimate for art director positions from 2020-2030 (BLS)


Job growth projection for graphic designers, 2020-2030 (BLS)

“Letting God take control is the best thing that will ever happen in your life. He has a better plan for all of us than anything we could imagine. He has given me a passion for graphic design.” -Nate Musselman ‘19, graphic design graduate

Be prepared for careers such as...

  • Brand Manager
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Digital Product Designer
  • Art Director

Further your impact...

  • Become a brand manager at companies like McDonald’s, PNC, and Compassion International
  • Get your master’s in graphic design or media arts
  • Use communication design to research and analyze social media strategies and email marketing

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