Graphic Design

Graphic Design is an introduction to the elements of art, principles of design, typography, and imagery as they apply to a variety of practical visual solutions, including logo design, web design, and advertisement. God gifted His children with the ability to worship, share, and respond to Him and His world in artistic ways. In this course, you will establish a biblical understanding of art and creativity, study how design can be used toward fulfilling the Great Commission, explore the God-given gift of creativity, and learn the basic foundations of design. You will survey the history of design, investigating the shift in artistic subject matter from religious to humanistic during the Renaissance and Industrial Revolution. You will study the elements of art, principles of design, and color theory, as well as identify examples of the principles of design and color symbolism in the Bible and in God’s creation. You will also learn how to critique art in a kind and gracious manner and explain the artistic, moral, and spiritual benefits of receiving criticism from others. Through a series of visual projects, you will work both with analog and digital media as you explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and have the opportunity to demonstrate the technical skills learned in your own creative way.

Grade Level:
11th – 12th Grade recommended

Approved by:
UC Approved

Recommended Prerequisites:

Course Types Available:

  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)


  • Creation: Created uniquely in the image of God, human beings are designed not only to reflect God’s character and creativity but also to steward and care for creation on his behalf—both for his glory and for the benefit of others (cf. Genesis 1:26–28; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 4:10). The fine arts, such as graphic design, can contribute to just that mandate. They allow us, for example, to depict and express the beauty of God’s creation, which in turn reveals important qualities about God—his glory, eternal power, and divine nature, etc. (Psalm 19:1–6; Romans 1:20). In turn, God has given artists and designers all the innate tools needed for their craft: time, light, and vision to see; unique and imaginative minds to search for beauty, meaning, and truth; and bewildering variety and incredible detail in plants, animals, landscapes, peoples, and cultures (see, e.g., Genesis 1–2; Psalm 139:13–18).
  • Fall: Since Adam and Eve’s disobedience in Genesis 3, art is no longer a perfect enterprise. Simply put, it can be corrupted just as easily as any other medium in God’s creation: from cheapening the arts to flat out abusing the arts in an effort to promote evil and injustice. In fact, the history of Israel shows just how quickly art can be associated with idolatry (see, e.g., Hosea 13:2).
  • Redemption: The visual world of graphic design not only provides interesting metaphors for the Christian life (e.g., focusing on God and reflecting his image; viewing the world through the lens of Scripture; morality as black, white, and gray, etc.); like the visual arts in general, design can be used in constructive ways for the sake of God’s mission in the world. A designer’s work, for instance, can communicate a sense of the divine, promote the gospel, aid spiritual devotion and worship, raise awareness about social problems, and inspire viewers to pursue justice and creation care. Such work is entirely in line with biblical stewardship: resourcefully using what you’re entrusted with and improving it for those who follow in your steps (cf., e.g., Matthew 25:14–30). Christian designers are called to imitate God and so should be known for their moral and vocational excellence (Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 5:1).

Software Needed (choose one)
• Adobe Photoshop (there is a cost associated, Mac OS X, Windows)
• GIMP (free downloadable, Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux)
• Pixlr (free browser-based program, Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, Chrome OS)

Hands-On Materials
• Xacto knife
• Scissors
• Markers, pencil, colored pencils, and pens
• Good paper note pad
• Dotted line paper
• Construction paper
• Glue stick
• Ruler
• Scanner or camera to submit images of assignments