Graphic Design

A student demonstrates his work at his Graphic Design senior exhibition

If you have ever tried to persuade someone or explain something in a visual way, you were working with some form of graphic design. Are you intrigued by posters, billboards, menus, … even t-shirts? You may enjoy gaining the creative methods, processes, and talents involved in creating effective graphic design.

Class projects will help you fill your own unique portfolio. Projects will include logo designs, stationery systems, newsletter and magazine layouts, book covers, posters, film and video graphics, package designs, advertising designs, websites, and more. Typography, layout, illustration, and photography will become technical and creative skills. You will choose which skills are appropriate to produce successful solutions for each project. Some projects will help real clients gain attention. Other projects may gain the attention of prospective employers.


  1. To meld liberal arts studies from the MU core with art and design history, providing the context for stimulating intellectual and creative inquiry.
  2. To provide foundations and upper-level studio coursework which will develop the students’ capacities for all stages of graphic design from conceptualization and aesthetics through craftsmanship of final projects. The coursework will develop the their creativity and time- and project-management skills.
  3. To provide critiques and discussion—with input from both professors and peers—within each studio course. The expectation is that constructive input is received openly and considered within project revisions, as designers have an enormous curiosity about learning different things.
  4. To impart a working knowledge of current industry-standard graphic design software and hardware for production skills and efficiency upon graduates’ employment.
  5. To provide professional work experience in the design industry through internships, and/or coursework for off-campus clientele. This will refine the students’ portfolios while enhancing their design vocabulary and communication skills.

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Contact the Graphic Design Program

Kerry Scott Jenkins

Kerry Scott Jenkins, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Kerry Scott Jenkins
Kerry Scott Jenkins, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

B.F.A., Western Carolina University; M.F.A, East Tennessee State University


Beginning with winning a Halloween Carnival poster contest in third grade, Kerry Jenkins was tempted by the notion of a career in graphic design. He then pursued caricature drawing in high school, with his algebra teacher as an (unbeknownst) model. Kerry followed up his high school slog by earning two degrees in his subject of interest. He then officially began work as a graphic designer.

Soon, he started his own studio in Johnson City, Tennessee—Great Scott Design—using his middle name in the title. (“Great Kerry Design” just didn’t have the same ring.) More than 12 years of award-winning graphic design studio success followed.
Kerry felt his career choice was a wise one—a continuing visual oeuvre with very little math involved. But he thought, “What if I could teach others contemplating the same career choice?” So he helped to establish the B.F.A. in Graphic Design program at Methodist in 2007. Since then, Kerry has taught graphic design, typography, imaging, photography, and graphic design history courses and is a tenured Associate Professor. See some of his professional projects and his students’ work on his website at

Jenkins earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and his Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. He is the recipient of two print media “Best of Show” awards, two “Judges’ Choice” awards, and 68 ADDY® awards collectively across twelve annual Tri-City Metro Advertising Federation American Advertising Awards®.