Digital Media & 

Graphic Design

Major

Design with Purpose

Cutting edge program where you get to make an impact

100% of Faculty

working in the field

Student Partnerships

with nonprofits 

Real World

Hands-on experience from start

This may be the most exciting time in history to be entering the digital media and graphic design fields. We’ve seen the impact of beautiful design in action, from Charity Water’s beautiful campaigns to Nike’s Girl Effect video.

Bushnell’s innovative Digital Media and Graphic Design Program is designed to prepare you for the exciting world of digital communication. Students will be working with real clients from the very beginning of the program using all the methods that professionals in the field utilize.

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Why Choose Bushnell?

Bushnell’s Digital Media and Graphic Design degree program offers a unique blend of innovative digital media and graphic design skills, emphasizing the importance of social good. By employing cutting-edge tools and software utilized by industry professionals, students not only enhance their design abilities but also prepare for fulfilling careers in this high-demand field. This program equips students with practical and forward-thinking skills, positioning them at the forefront of career opportunities. Mastery of digital creativity empowers individuals to advance in their current careers, transition to new ones, and achieve their professional aspirations.

Students will actively engage in practical work experiences within a professional consulting team, creating impactful campaigns and specific digital design pieces for diverse clients. By partnering with local and international nonprofits, students gain valuable insights into how they can design and create for the greater social good, making a difference in their community and around the world. This hands-on approach not only hones their skills but also emphasizes the program’s focus on social good, enabling students to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives both locally and globally. Through this comprehensive program, students are not only prepared for successful careers but also inspired to utilize their expertise for meaningful societal change.

Program Objectives

Graduates of this program will:

  • Distinguish core values that define a customer-centric approach to digital media and graphic design, aligned with social good
  • Use the principles of professional web design techniques and best-practices workflows
  • Work proficiently with the industry standard software

Courses

Core Classes

  • Design Thinking/Principles of Graphic Design
  • Digital Design Tools
  • Multi Media Lab
  • Digital Graphic Design For the Web
  • User Interface and Experience
  • Internship
  • Capstone: Designing a Brand Identity
  • Communication Theory
  • Copywriting for Media
  • Multimedia Communication
  • Multimedia Communication Lab
  • Digital Communications for Community Good

Elective Skill-Based Courses
Choose 3

  • Photography & Lighting¬†
  • Motion Graphics
  • Visual Communication
  • Digital Audio¬†
  • Digital Storytelling¬†

Skills Courses

  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Digital Marketing
  • Emergent Technologies

Capstone Project

The Capstone Course allows you to create design pieces for an actual client and manage their assets from start to finish in a hands-on, real-world marketing experience.

Program Distinctives

  • Begin working with real clients from the very beginning of the program
  • 100% of faculty actively engaged in the digital media and graphic design field
  • Average class size of 14
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 100% of students graduate with at least 135 hours of field experience

Career Opportunities

Careers with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Graphic Design include:

  • Digital Media Photographer
  • Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Video Game Designer
  • Web Analytics Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Creative Director
  • UX designer
  • Production Artist
  • Product Developer
  • Art Director
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Multimedia Artist or Animator
  • Content Creator
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Video Editor
  • Multimedia Designer

 

Business Partners

  • Holt International
  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Circle Media, Inc.
  • Isler NW LLC
  • Base Builder
  • Kidsports
  • Roseburg Forrest Products
  • The Boys and Girls Club
  • Columbia Bank
  • Whitmire & Associates
  • Elk Horn Building
  • Hood River Mortgage Group
  • Beaudet Jewelry

Life at Bushnell

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Christy Silverthorne, M.A.
Program Director

“Often the importance of graphic design is overlooked and underutilized. In Bushnell’s program students will work alongside professionals, gaining real world, hands-on experience in creating graphics that aren’t just aesthetically pleasing but that support the message that’s being put forth.

By partnering with local and international non profits, students will also get a chance to make a difference in the world and find purpose in their work.”