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Cultivate Your Creativity

JPCatholic's Graphic Design Program integrates both practical and conceptual skills, enabling you to unleash your creativity through mastery of visual language, design thinking, storytelling, and technology. Graphic design is more than just artwork. It’s a powerful way to shape a consumer’s experience of a brand by communicating its underlying values and story. It involves strategic thinking, imagination, and problem solving. Our unique blend of hands-on training, design thinking, business, and the liberal arts forms you to be an adaptable and powerful graphic storyteller.

Our designers master the tool set needed to be effective in print and publication design; motion graphics for broadcast and film; and branding and typography. Our unique entrepreneurial and creative culture enables students to have countless opportunities to collaborate with business people and filmmakers to realize the stories of their logos, brands, and identities.

Graphic Design Curriculum

GRAPHIC DESIGN

ILLUSTRATION

COMMUNICATIONS

General Education

THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

Impact culture for Christ and grow in faith and understanding through a rich sequence of Scripture based Theology courses and Philosophy courses.

BUSINESS

Prepare yourself for a career in Graphic Design with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.

HUMANITIES

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more.

Envision Your Future at JPCatholic

Hands-on, Project-based Curriculum

Our well rounded curriculum gives you a unique perspective to tackling the challenge of creating meaningful graphic design work, while building up your experience in the design process and your portfolio. Students start creating projects and growing as designers their freshman year, giving them ample opportunities to practice their craft.

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Hands-on, Project-based Curriculum

Our well rounded curriculum gives you a unique perspective to tackling the challenge of creating meaningful graphic design work, while building up your experience in the design process and your portfolio. Students start creating projects and growing as designers their freshman year, giving them ample opportunities to practice their craft.

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Industry Standard Equipment

Our creative arts programs emphasize hands-on experience when it comes to learning your craft— that’s why we give you access to cutting-edge equipment and software starting your freshman year. You’ll have access to all the tools you need to make your vision a reality, including Adobe Creative Cloud products like Photoshop and Illustrator, a Drawing Studio, and Wacom tablets.

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Industry Standard Equipment

Our creative arts programs emphasize hands-on experience when it comes to learning your craft— that’s why we give you access to cutting-edge equipment and software starting your freshman year. You’ll have access to all the tools you need to make your vision a reality, including Adobe Creative Cloud products like Photoshop and Illustrator, a Drawing Studio, and Wacom tablets.

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Located in San Diego County

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

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Quarter in L.A.

As upperclassmen, media students have the opportunity to live in Burbank for a quarter, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 8 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

SEE STUDENT LIFE

Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Meet the Faculty

With small class sizes and mentorship, professors are able to provide individualized training. They bring decades of experience and unique perspectives from varied backgrounds in Advertising, Illustration, and Design.

Jacqueline Gold

Jacqueline Gold

Adjunct Professor of Art

Max Hulburt

Max Hulburt

Professor of Animation & Design

Eric Van Hamersveld

Eric Van Hamersveld

Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation

Fernando Del Rosario

Fernando Del Rosario

Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

Nate Sjogren

Nate Sjogren

Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design

Get an Inside Look

How I Started My Career in Motion Graphic Design | Alumni Spotlight with Ben West

Adriana DeCarlo: Loving Your Art Where It's At | Why We Create

Grace Reding: Your Corner | Impact

Sam Wurth: The Vital Power of Creativity | Why We Create

Professor Eric Van Hamersveld: Charting Your Career in Animation | Faculty Spotlight

Working on Client Projects | GRDS Capstone

Hear from Students

Liz Geernhart

Liz Geernhart

Class of 2022

“My favourite thing about studying Graphic Design at JPCatholic is the community. The love for God and one another at this school is felt wherever you go on campus. I am constantly inspired by my fellow students, creatively and spiritually, as everyone is working hard to do what they love to the best of their abilities.”

Donna Lalonde

Donna Lalonde

Class of 2023

“God is an artist so whenever I have a creative block and need inspiration for my own work, I take a walk through God’s art gallery— observing people, animals, nature, etc. Instead of forcing creativity when it’s just not there, I think it’s important to take a break from sitting at a desk and come back to your work when you have that spark of creativity and passion again.”

Alexander Beirao

Alexander Beirao

Class of 2023

“I first discovered JPCatholic by chance, but I knew immediately it was the school for me. It really is a great place, especially for someone like me, who was just returning to the Faith. Seeing so many people, especially the young students, so strong in Catholicism made me feel I had a lot of catching up to do. But it’s been awesome! The classes on storytelling, in particular, have been a blast and helped me to improve my own stories. The curriculum incorporates the spirit of the Faith in a way so as to teach students on how to deliver the message universally. There are a ton of hardworking, talented individuals striving to ‘impact culture for Christ,’ and I’m so glad to be a part of that.”

Annie Fesenmaier

Annie Fesenmaier

Class of 2022

“I’m a graphic design senior, and this school has been able to give my art all new meaning. I have a love for many different types of art, and here I’m free and encouraged to use all my skills together to create great work. I have been given more skills and opportunities to use my designs for all sorts of things. Being a transfer student, I have noticed a difference compared to other schools. Here I have been able to create work for causes such as the pro-life movement. In this community I can create art without judgment and I can’t help but feel the support. Everyone here wants me to succeed, in fact, that might be the best part about JPCatholic. It is a bunch of crazy talented students cheering on the success of everyone else.”

Liz Geernhart

Liz Geernhart

Class of 2022

“My favourite thing about studying Graphic Design at JPCatholic is the community. The love for God and one another at this school is felt wherever you go on campus. I am constantly inspired by my fellow students, creatively and spiritually, as everyone is working hard to do what they love to the best of their abilities.”

Donna Lalonde

Donna Lalonde

Class of 2023

“God is an artist so whenever I have a creative block and need inspiration for my own work, I take a walk through God’s art gallery— observing people, animals, nature, etc. Instead of forcing creativity when it’s just not there, I think it’s important to take a break from sitting at a desk and come back to your work when you have that spark of creativity and passion again.”

Alexander Beirao

Alexander Beirao

Class of 2023

“I first discovered JPCatholic by chance, but I knew immediately it was the school for me. It really is a great place, especially for someone like me, who was just returning to the Faith. Seeing so many people, especially the young students, so strong in Catholicism made me feel I had a lot of catching up to do. But it’s been awesome! The classes on storytelling, in particular, have been a blast and helped me to improve my own stories. The curriculum incorporates the spirit of the Faith in a way so as to teach students on how to deliver the message universally. There are a ton of hardworking, talented individuals striving to ‘impact culture for Christ,’ and I’m so glad to be a part of that.”

Annie Fesenmaier

Annie Fesenmaier

Class of 2022

“I’m a graphic design senior, and this school has been able to give my art all new meaning. I have a love for many different types of art, and here I’m free and encouraged to use all my skills together to create great work. I have been given more skills and opportunities to use my designs for all sorts of things. Being a transfer student, I have noticed a difference compared to other schools. Here I have been able to create work for causes such as the pro-life movement. In this community I can create art without judgment and I can’t help but feel the support. Everyone here wants me to succeed, in fact, that might be the best part about JPCatholic. It is a bunch of crazy talented students cheering on the success of everyone else.”