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Design Concentration

Are you drawn (no pun intended) to shapes, colors, lines and type? With a solid understanding of essential design principles, you will work to distill complicated ideas into simple, compelling messages in the design concentration (art major). You'll get hands-on experience developing branding and identity through real-world assignments and internships. Using industry-leading Adobe design software and web developer tools, you’ll build a comprehensive portfolio and present your senior thesis exhibit in Gordon’s professional gallery.

Why study art at Gordon?

Gordon prepares artists not only to make valuable contributions, but to help restore a Christian aesthetic and moral vision in today’s culture. Intensive studio practice, professional exhibition work, internships, and liberal arts exposure will prepare you to thrive as an artist and a Christian. Because we value learning by doing, our faculty are all professional artists who teach the media they practice. Plus, Gordon’s location on Boston’s picturesque North Shore offers you exposure to nearby galleries, art colonies and museums (including free access to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston).

What careers can I pursue with a design concentration (art major)?

Art students are creative problem solvers who can think broadly and adapt well—valuable skills for any vocation. You will be prepared for graduate programs, professional programs and diverse careers that apply both your practical and artistic skills, including:

  • Illustration
  • Teaching
  • Graphic design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles and furniture
  • Set design
  • Web design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Industrial design

Learn more about jobs and internships ➔


Schuyler Anderson

Schuyler Anderson ’14

Art Director and CFO, Salemtown Board Company

Gordon taught me to constantly be thinking about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. How can we as a company best be loving our neighbors and best be looking out for others through our profits? That filters into every aspect of what we’re doing. Hear from others ➔


Outside of your design concentration requirements, you may choose to pursue an internship with our on-campus Return Design agency—which blends artistic talent with entrepreneurial vision to benefit nonprofit organizations—or another local design firm. Our monthly Professional Artist Workshop Series gives you a chance to interact with art-industry professionals on subjects like portfolio creation, marketing, business planning and networking.

Global Opportunities

Gordon’s signature program in the ancient Umbrian countryside draws students from a range of majors and other colleges:

Related Programs

We embrace the liberal arts vision—studying the humanities and sciences and theology alongside art to broaden your vision. To that end, you are encouraged to draw inspiration from a second major or minor. Common pairs for the design concentration include psychology, communication arts, sociology and business administration.


For more information, contact:

David West
Department Chair


Portfolio Requirements ➔