Program of Study

If you are interested in advertising art, package design, publication design, computer graphics, motion graphics, illustration or marketing, you should consider a BFA design degree – a major in art with an emphasis in graphic design. An art major's time frame for degree completion varies with each student, but can be obtained in four or five years.

The graphic design degree program requires the study of drawing, design history, two-dimensional and three-dimensional structure, typography, and photography. This visual commitment provides you with the experience to uniquely capture a consumer's attention, and intrigue them enough to make them want to actively engage with your design. This program includes professional practice courses on publication design, web design, portfolio development and career options.

Our vibrant curriculum features courses in typography, publication design, photography, illustration and portfolio preparation, allowing you the option for additional concentration in your specific area of interest.

Our modern facilities feature state-of-the-art computer labs containing 50 iMacs and Power Macs loaded with the latest in Adobe Creative Cloud software. Our large green screen lends itself to both animation and film-based projects. A darkroom, video editing room, along with numerous well-lit studio spaces provide you with plenty of options for working comfortably. We offer over 50 hours per week of open studio and lab time for working outside of class.

As part of its mission, the Department of Art provides a professional and friendly environment for all students.

How to Apply

Professional Development for BFA Design Majors

Professional development offerings include our annual student trip to Dallas to interact with designers and industry leaders at firms such as Caliber Creative, Clampitt Paper Company, Brand Hatchery, Matchbox Studio, Fossil, Lincoln Press and TM Advertising.

Pixel 2 Paper is an annual design conference hosted by the Department of Art, which provides students the opportunity to hear from and meet visiting industry professionals. Recent guest speakers have included Tony Rodriquez, illustrator for Rolling Stone and other clients, Dave Ortega, creative director at McKee Wallwork & Company, Danielle Aldritch, designer at Matchbox Studio, Dennis Schmickle, designer + educator, Darren Weirich, creative strategist, Don Clampitt, president of Clampitt Paper and John Cockrell, president of Cockrell Enovation.

The department has also been pleased to present guest designers such as ENMU alumnus Lucas Aragon, design director at ABC Television, and Arlen Schumer, designer/illustrator, and author of The Silver Age of Comic Book Art.

Command X is our monthly design competition open to all majors. A mystery project is presented and students have three hours for completion. Guest judges score the projects and offer critiques and a Command X champion is crowned at the end of each school year. The competition can be fierce, but the atmosphere is always friendly and supportive.

AIGA/ENMU is the only student group in the state of New Mexico officially recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. The group regularly takes part in fundraising, professional development opportunities and social events.

Faculty and Advising

Small class sizes and personal advising from our experienced art faculty assure you'll always feel supported. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and know the current requirements for their programs. The University also has a reputable record regarding art students. The department is dedicated to providing you with the information and guidance you need to seek and attain internships.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Eastern New Mexico University is committed to helping students finance their education. In addition to grants, loans, and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Fine Arts offers additional opportunities with ENMU Foundation Scholarships. Additionally, many Eastern New Mexico University students work part-time jobs on campus to help finance their education.

Career Opportunities

Recent ENMU BFA design graduates have landed positions at prestigious firms such as:

  • Harvard Business Publishing (Boston)
  • Lockheed Martin (Los Angeles)
  • Sodexo Food Services (National)
  • Teton Outfitters/Klim (Idaho Falls)
  • SAE Institute USA (New York City)
  • Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado Springs)
  • PSA Worldwide (Colorado Springs)
  • Dodd Creative Group (Dallas)
  • Brandmuscle (Austin)

Graphic design majors can look forward to many careers including:

  • Advertising professional
  • Promotions and marketing manager
  • Art director
  • Animator
  • Production worker
  • Illustrator
  • Gallery manager
  • Teacher
  • Artist
  • Graphic designer in a variety of industries

High School Courses for Those Interested in a BFA Design Degree

If you are interested in graphic design, you should take as many art courses in your high school curriculum as you can.

Classes You'll Take at ENMU

You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Graphic Design degree, including the courses you will take when you're a graphic design major at Eastern.

At ENMU, our mission is to combine a traditional learning environment with 21st century technology to provide a rich educational experience with excellent teaching and active learning. ENMU emphasizes liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, cultural diversity and whole student life. With affordable tuition, evening classes as well as select online courses, we offer an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. We invite you to learn more about Eastern New Mexico University's BFA design degree.


Jessica Gerlach

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Assistant Professor of Art (Graphic Design)

Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 109

Phone: 575.562.2729