Cultivate Your Creativity

The 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.

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Hands-on, Well Rounded 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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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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Study Abroad

JPCatholic offers a unique model of study abroad with a variety of destinations. Each trip is an interactive academic experience that starts with ten weeks of classroom instruction on-campus here in Escondido and culminates in a week or two of travel led by the professor. Destinations may be international or domestic, and each course is specially designed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience to the student.

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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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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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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 Nicolini

Jacqueline Nicolini

Professor of Art

Max Hulburt

Max Hulburt

Professor of Animation & Design

Eric Van Hamersveld

Eric Van Hamersveld

Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation

Joe Koller

Joe Koller

Professor of Marketing & Advertising

Hear from Students & Professors

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

Caitlin Nolan: Learning Through Your Mistakes | Why We Create