Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program teaches creativity, collaboration, scholarship and innovation. Our students learn design within the context of social entrepreneurialism and engagement, where craft and thought are continuously integrated, refined, and expanded. 

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The Graphic Design curriculum emphasizes the importance of both making and thinking. Through our program you will:

  • Continuously hone your craft and thought through the breadth and depth of our core and advanced coursework. 
  • Expand your creative scholarship through Visual Studies and Humanities requirements, including critical reading, reflection, and writing.

To be competitive in your field, our program will equip you with highly desirable skills and abilities. In addition to having access to a state-of-the-art computer lab, students also work with hands-on and traditional approaches to creating, such as drawing and sculpture, which remain greatly valued in art and design industries. As a result, our graduates are successful in receiving placements in graduate programs and are enjoying a variety of careers in their fields of interest.


The minor in Graphic Design is a four-course program that allows students to combine graphic design with their primary field of study. See Minor Requirements on our course catalog.

Career Paths

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of careers such as art direction, photography, videography, web design, UX design, and community design.

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

Learn More About Admissions and Aid

Faculty and Staff

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Steven Polacco, MFA

Associate Professor Chair and Director of Graphic Design Program
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Lynn Sondag

Professor of Art Honors Program Director
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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Liz Steketee

Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Aakash Sudhakar

Adjunct Instructor