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Graphic Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Graphic Design programme of Calvin University will push you to learn more about yourself and to find your own voice. They’ll open up your future to a variety of career options, possibilities you didn’t even know existed.
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Take a look at this webpage. Or find a t-shirt, book jacket, poster, or logo. Are your eyes drawn to it? Do the images, colors, and typography work together effectively? How can a simple font choice reinforce—or undermine—a message?

At Graphic Design programme of Calvin University, you’ll ask these kinds of questions in a small classroom setting, where your professors know you personally and give you individualized attention. You’ll work alongside classmates where you'll collaborate and learn from each other. You’ll learn why centuries-old typefaces are still relevant. You’ll draw connections between traditional letterpress materials and pixels on a screen.

You’ll do more than just make something look good. You’ll learn to solve design problems in the world, and that will open up a wide range of possibilities.

Key facts:

  • Our program offers a mixture of graphic design, art studio, and business classes. Not only will you gain the technical skills of Adobe Suite, you’ll also learn the marketing and entrepreneurial side of graphic design.
  • Want to double major or study abroad and still graduate in four years? We make it possible. We know that the classes or experiences you have outside your major will help to inform and inspire your art.
  • Whether it’s the GRAM art museum, Art Prize, Project 1, the Civic Theater, or other venues, Grand Rapids offers a wide range of opportunities for engaging excursions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    National: Aug 15

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modernism and the Arts
  • Contemporary Art
  • Drawing
  • Digital Photography
  • Graphic Design 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.83

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.83 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To apply to Calvin, please submit the following:

  • Calvin University Application OR The Common Application
  • High school transcript – submitted by your guidance counselor through the application.
  • Official college/university transcripts – if you’ve done any college or university course work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Grand Rapids

  • 990 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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