Graphic Communication Major Overview

Do you enjoy working with technology and stretching your creativity? Are you interested in designing unique and compelling visual communications? If so, you’re going to enjoy being a Graphic Communication major!

Small classes with experienced faculty take you step-by-step, helping you advance your skills using powerful computer design programs that are commonly used by professionals. You’ll also explore the history of visual design across cultures for inspiration and a sense of where cutting-edge graphic design may be heading. With internships and an individualized capstone class, you’ll build a quality resume and assemble your work in a unique portfolio. Then, you’ll be ready for an exciting career in graphic design!


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Graphic Communication Major Internships

Internship experiences are an essential part of the Graphic Communication program that assists students’ transition from the classroom to the professional setting. Students are encouraged to seek full-time internships during the summer or may choose to do one or more part-time, local internships as a part of their semester coursework.

Bluefield College Public Relations and Sports Information

Bluefield College Music and Theatre Departments

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Bluefield, WV

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Wade Center, Bluefield, WV

Wordsprint, Wytheville, VA

WVVA, Bluefield, WV

XanderHOUSEproductions, Blacksburg, VA

Graphic Communication Major Outcomes

Digital data and the Internet have made it incredibly easy to share information and collaborate with people from around the globe. Graphic Communication students research examples from across time, space, and cultures for inspiration and a sense of where cutting edge graphic design may be heading.

Career Opportunities

Communication Consultant
Creative Director
Free-lance Graphic Designer
Graphic Designer in advertising & public relations firms
Graphic Designer in packaging companies

Graphic Designer in printing & design companies
Graphic Designer of greeting cards
In-house Graphic Designer in museums, news companies, sports organizations, etc.
Web and Multi-media Designer

Positions Held by Alumni

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Copy Editor and Graphic Designer, Bluefield, WV
Chick-fil-a Local Marketing Director, Bluefield, WV
Director of Student Activities, Bluefield College
Freelance Graphic Designer, Roanoke, VA
Project Ruth Marketing Consultant, Bucharest, Romania
Communication Director Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA

Clubs and Organizations

Kappa Pi International, ETA Zeta Chapter is an honorary art fraternity for students who achieve high academic standards

Bluefield College Art Club provides opportunities of rArt and Graphic Communication majors to work in collaboration on projects, such as murals and art sales.  The organization also sponsors social gatherings and culturally enriching trips locally and abroad.

Contact Information

Dr. Cynthia L. Bascom

Professor of Communication and Chair of Departments of Communication and Graphic Communication





missyMelissa Baines

Class of  2013

“I chose Bluefield College for its small size and warm, Christian environment. It had everything I was looking for in a college! I love the Graphic Communication Department because the teachers go out of their way to make sure you succeed and put in the extra time and effort to help a student out. I also love the internships for Graphic Communication students. I’m currently working in the Marketing Department at Bluefield. It’s an enjoyable way to gain great experience!”