MAJOR – Graphic Communication Design

Graphic Communication Design

Schreiner University offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Communication Design. Communication Design is the industry recognized term for the ever-expanding field of graphic design. This comprehensive undergraduate program is noted for its real-world experiences, by introducing students to client work in graphic design courses. Intended to prepare them for working professionally as designers after graduation, the Visual Arts Department seeks to provide students a wide spectrum of knowledge and skills relative to visual communications across a variety of print and electronic based medium.

The Visual Arts Department seeks to provide students an environment contributing to creative research, analysis and problem solving relative to universal principles of design, while incorporating marketable technical skills utilized by communication designers today through exploration of traditional and emerging visual art and design media.

A Major in Communication Design consists of the following upper level courses:

  • ART 3310
  • DESN 3322
  • DESN 3350
  • DESN 3430
  • DESN 4302
  • DESN 4351
  • DESN 4360
  • DESN 4398
  • DESN 4399
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Specialty Minor

Youth Educational Opportunities

Program Coordinator

Smith, David

David Smith, PhD
Adjunct Instructor of Communication Design

Classes Taught
ART 2304: Computer Illustration
ART 2350: Typography
ART 3350: Graphic Design I
ART 4302: Computer Graphics Studio
ART 4310: Pre-Press & Print Management
ART 4351: Graphic Design II
ART 4398: Professional Internship in Graphic Design
ART 4398: Senior Project in Communication Design


  • BS in Art, Frostburg State College
  • MEd, Frostburg State University
  • MFA in Graphic Design, Vermont College
  • PhD in Communication Design, Union Institute and University


  • Schreiner University Advisor of the Year, 2006
  • Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching, 2005
  • Harriet Garrett Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003


  • Advisor, AIGA student group
  • Association of Photoshop Professionals
  • College Art Association
  • Texas Association of School Administrators
  • Lions Clubs International

David Smith grew up in the mountains of Western Maryland. He enjoys adventure sports, traveling, and building things. He and wife Jeanie live in Kerrville. They enjoy singing in the church choir and acting in local theater productions. David has been a member of the faculty since 2001.


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