Art majors find internships at local companies and production firms as well as through the Chicago Semester Program. It is not unusual for companies to hire students following an internship.
As a graphic design student, you will design projects for clients, including such things as t-shirt designs, logos and signage, event posters, and brochures. In advanced graphics classes you'll work with off-campus vendors and customers and learn to write copy that works with the design. You'll assist with production pieces printed on campus in the well-equipped college copy center and gain critical understanding of the computer output printing process. You'll also have an opportunity to become a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) through our Dordt College Student Group.
Logos designed by Dordt students have been selected for use by several nonprofit organizations, including Siouxland Blood Bank, Royale Meadows Health Center, Central Minnesota Christian schools, and IAPCHE (International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education).
You can build a portfolio and gain practical experience during your college years by working with the college newspaper, yearbook, or art journals, or by pursuing other freelance opportunities. You can also get involved in local art activities on campus and off, painting murals, contributing to art shows and sales, and teaching art classes for area youth.