CONTACT US

Contact Information

Donalyn Manion

Art Director

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Email:    dmanion@bethelks.edu

               beyond@bethelks.edu

Phone:  (316) 284 - 5286

Visit:      Bethel College

               300 East 27th Street

               North Newton, KS 67117

               Mantz Library Room 103

Social:  @BeyondStudioBethel

COURSES

 

ABOUT BETHEL'S GRAPHIC DESIGN COURSES

The other half of Beyond Studio is in the classroom setting. Working within the Bethel College visual art and graphic design programs it offers courses geared toward graphic design majors and minors. Students enrolled in the Bethel College graphic design program have the opportunity to gain real life experience with clients, learn how to create a wide variety of work, and have an extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud. These classes provide you with the opportunity to build experience and your portfolio as you learn.
Along with these courses, Beyond is a work study opportunity for students to work with real life clients outside of these courses, but simultaneously increases your techniques and skills.

WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY

Jayce, Senior
Assistant Designer

As a communications major, Beyond Studio has given me the opportunity to develop my skills in design for any possible communication jobs I may apply to in the future.

Becca, Senior
Associate Designer

Beyond Studio is a great asset to the Graphic Design program at Bethel College! The experience working with real-world clients has taught me valuable lessons that can't be taught in the classroom. Beyond teaches the nitty-gritty of being in the design field.

Anna, Junior
Associate Designer

Beyond has given me the experience I need to go into the working world, either as a freelancer or at a firm, and feel confident in my design skills and knowledgeable in the entire design project process.

 

Charlotte, Freshman
Editor

Beyond has given me an opportunity to spread my talents and resume in areas I would have never anticipated before. 

Jordan, Senior
Assistant Art Director

Beyond has opened so many doors for me after graduation. When I graduate I will be able to go straight into a high-end job rather than waiting several years to gain legitimate experience. 

Josh, Senior

Assistant Designer

Working for Beyond is providing me with the tools and experience that will be needed in the real world.

Donté, Senior
Student

I love Beyond because it has helped me develop my skills as a graphic designer and understand the business side of all of this works.

Grant, Senior

Student

Bethel has allowed me to further my skillset in an inviting but professional environment. The diversity
in my education will carry me through my first job… and beyond. 

Lauren, Senior

Student

The graphic design program has helped me expand my skills and realize the areas of art that I am truly passionate about. 

Donalyn Manion

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design 

Donalyn Manion is the Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Bethel College. She joined Bethel’s staff in 2013 and in 2017 left her position as a Communication Coordinator to create Beyond Studio and teach full-time as the graphic design professor. She has plenty of experience in both design and teaching and has been a judge for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the University and College Designers Association (UCDA). Donalyn has also been a guest speaker at both the annual CASE conference and several UCDA conferences. Throughout the years Donalyn has been very successful, currently holding 25 gold awards under her belt. Feel free to contact her with any questions about Beyond and our graphic design programs here at Bethel under our contact information.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Introduction to Graphic Design

1 Hour(s) - This course sets the technical foundation for future use of digital technology, with specific attention given to digital design software. Students will gain an understanding of Adobe Creative Cloud programs currently used by designers. Students will focus on the process of design, methods of problem solving, formal and informal methods of decision-making and methods to systematically create and improve designs. 

Principles of Visual Communication

3 Hour(s) - This course explores the application of basic design principles to visual problem solving as used in graphic design. Emphasis is placed on understanding and applying appropriate design methodology in the development of effective visual design solution. Goals of this course are to facilitate the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A problem-based learning approach is used in which students are required to analyze and solve conceptual and real-world problems.

Principles of Package Design

3 Hour(s)  - This course emphasizes the application of graphic design elements on various forms of packaging. Packages are analyzed and positioned from a marketing point of view. Brand marks, visual graphics and color schemes are developed for individuals products and extended product lines.

Principles of Branding

3 Hour(s)  - This course applies theory and process to complex design problems in visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on research, analysis, problem definition, and the development and production of appropriate solutions. Students are introduced to marketing and sales concepts in relation to creative business and are required to develop various related materials used in marketing and sales by creative professionals.

Web/Social Media Design

3 Hour(s)  - This course allows students to develop skills in conceptualization, design and production of effective websites. Through rigorous examination, analysis, planning and development of websites, students will be able to explore the ecosystem that surrounds interactive content and develop solutions that promote engagement between brand and audience through multiple electronic mediums.

Introduction to Graphic Design

3 Hour(s)  - This course explores the relationships between design and activism, raising critical questions about what design is, and how designers serve as guardians of culture and as agents of change. Students will participate in various acts of design activism that address contemporary issues through the creation of designs.

 

MAJOR & MINOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Graphic Design Major Requirements Major requirements 43 hours and must be taken within the bachelor of arts degree. Students must complete eight hours of foreign language or demonstrate equivalent competence by examination.

Required core courses:

3 hours 

3 hours 

4 hours

4 hours   

.5 hour 

.5 hour 

Required courses in art history:

3 hours 

3 hours 

3 hours 

Required courses in design:

3 hours 

3 hours 

3 hours 

3 hours 

Choose one of the following courses:

4 hours 

4 hours 

Choose one of the following options below:

1 hour 

2 hours 

3 hours

Recommended supporting courses:

4 hours 

ART 108

ART 110 

ART 113

ART 216

ART 481

ART 487

ART 131

ART 133

ART 436

ART 270

ART 370

ART 371

ART 470

ART 215

ART 218

ART 485

ART 486

ART 491

ART 321

2-D Design

3-D Design

Drawing 

Sculpture

Art Seminar

Senior Portfolio/Exhibit

Art History I

Art History II

Special Topics in Design History

Graphic Design I

Graphic Design II

Graphic Design III

Design: Special Topics

Printmaking

Book Arts

Design Seminar I

Design Seminar II OR

Senior Design Internship

Digital Photography Graphic

Graphic Design Major

Graphic Design Minor

Design Minor Requirements Minor requirements 19 hours. 

Required core courses for the art design minor:

3 hours 

3 hours 

2 - 4 hours

3 hours   

3 hour 

3 hour 

3 hours

Chose one of the following courses:

2 - 4 hours 

2 - 4 hours 

ART 108

ART 110 

ART 113

ART 270

ART 370

ART 371

ART 436

ART 215

ART 218

2-D Design

3-D Design

Drawing 

Graphic Design I

Graphic Design II

Graphic Design III

Special Topics in Design History

Printmaking

Book Arts