Graphic Arts and Design

Why study Graphic Arts and Design at Benedictine University Mesa?

When you earn a degree from Benedictine in Graphic Arts and Design, you will not only leave with training and knowledge in the latest graphic software, but you will also be trained to problem solve in visual communication. Our faculty, who are experts in their fields, train their students’ eyes, not just their minds. When a student looks at a new project, they will be able to envision all of the possibilities. That is the first step to becoming a great designer! Our students have gone on to become successful graphic designers, marketing managers, creative directors, web designers and art directors. 

Providing Real Life Opportunities

Benedictine Mesa is the only Graphic Arts and Design program in the Valley that requires an  internship. What does that mean? That our students will be career-ready the minute they graduate. Our students have interned at places like Market Builder, Inc., the Mesa ArtSpace, Brick Cave, Mesa United Way and the City of Mesa. 

Our Alumni Are Successful

Students who graduate from BenU Mesa are fully prepared to enter the work force. With the 
combination of their required internship and their Senior Portfolio, BenU Mesa grads are one step ahead of their peers. Throughout the year, our Career Services Center also offers several job and career fairs where our students and alumni can connect with professionals in their field. 

Sample Courses

•  FNAR 1101: Fundamentals of Design
•  FNAR 2111: Drawing I
•  GAD 2260: Graphic Design I
•  GAD 4300: New Media and Design
•  GAD 4297: Internship
•  COMM 3381: Multimedia Production for Web

Benedictine is in CO+HOOTS

The CO+HOOTS Institute for Entrepreneurship at Benedictine will begin in the Fall of 2020 and offer BenU Mesa students a safe environment to learn and launch a potential business under the guidance of practicing, experienced, and successful entrepreneurs. The four-year intensive immersion program will develop and support the growth of our students’ innovative and creative ideas.  Learn more and apply at www.ben.edu/mesa/cohoots

"I tried upwards of seven different majors and transferred schools five times.  I ended up at BenU because of the size and its thorough integration of the Catholic faith. The small classes allowed me to get to know my professors and learn from them, in a way that bigger universities often miss entirely. 

Conversations with the faculty and staff became an essential part of my university education, wholly apart from textbooks and the classroom. My professors really helped me gain the confidence I needed to dedicate myself to design. They challenged me to try as many different aspects of design as I could, which became valuable skills in the professional world.
 
The career coordinator at BenU introduced me to my current supervisor at a marketing company and encouraged me to reach out, even though there was no posted opening.  She is the reason I’ve been working for a year in my field—first as an intern and now as a full-time designer.”
- EMILY MILLER, '19

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Upcoming Events

Jan
24
Day of Service: American Red Cross Shelter Training
Mesa Branch Campus
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Details

Day of Service: American Red Cross Shelter Training

Date: January 24

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Campus: Lisle,Mesa

Location: Virtual Event

Event Sponsor: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Contact: Elaine Davies    edavies@ben.edu

Event Description:

American Red Cross Shelter Training (via TEAMS)

Please contact Elaine L. Davies at edavies@ben.edu for registration link no later than Monday, Jan. 24 by 1:00 p.m.

Jan
27
Kickstart Your Career Search
Mesa Branch Campus
12:00 PM
Event Details

Kickstart Your Career Search

Date: January 27

Time: 12:00 PM

Campus: Lisle,Mesa

Location: Virtual Event

Event Sponsor: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of Career Development

Contact: Elaine Davies    edavies@ben.edu

Event Description:

Join us for Kickstart Your Career Search– A discussion about career exploration and possible preparation pathway!

Click HERE to join via ZOOM

Meeting ID: 895 2000 7318

Passcode: 914636

Jan
31
MLK and Muhammed Ali Days of Service Tik Tok Challenge! - ENDS at 5:00 p.m. CST
Mesa Branch Campus
Event Details

MLK and Muhammed Ali Days of Service Tik Tok Challenge! - ENDS at 5:00 p.m. CST

Date: January 31

Time: - 5:00 PM

Campus: Lisle,Mesa

Location: Virtual Event

Event Sponsor: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, BenU Serves, Giving DuPage

Contact: Elaine Davies    edavies@ben.edu

Event Description:

Beginning on January 17, 2022, Benedictine University in Lisle and Mesa, will kick off our celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luth King, Jr. In keeping with the Benedictine values of Humility, Community, and Stability, our goal is to provide students with opportunities to do virtuous deeds for others. These acts do not need to be large or require a lengthy commitment.

To highlight these selfless acts, we present you with the First Ever, BenU TikTok Challenge!

The Challenge will end on Monday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. A panel of student volunteers will vote for their two favorite videos using the above-listed hashtags. Criteria will include adherence to Benedictine University Values and Student Responsibilities, creativity, overall likeability, and genuine sincerity.

Prizes:
First Prize - $50 Amazon Gift Card
Second Prize - $25 Amazon Gift Card

Visit the Multicultural Student Affairs website for all the details!

Mar
28
Cubs vs. Sox - Mesa Spring Training Event
Mesa Branch Campus
Event Details

Cubs vs. Sox - Mesa Spring Training Event

Date: March 28

Time: All Day

Campus: Lisle,Mesa

Location: Sloan Park, Mesa, AZ

Event Sponsor: Alumni Relations

Contact: JP Bradley    jbradley@ben.edu

Event Description:

2022 spring training event

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