Accelerate – BA Graphic Design + Master of Divinity

Accelerate gives students an opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design major and the Master of Divinity in 5 years. As such, the Accelerate program incorporates the purpose and learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design degree, equipping students with a functional and applicable knowledge to enter the field of graphic design for careers in both ministry and non-ministry vocations.

Graphic Design Outcomes
Students completing the Graphic Design major will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of graphic design principles, processes, and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate technical and creative skills in the discipline of graphic design.
  3. Develop and produce a cohesive, consistent, and comprehensive high-quality graphic design collection.
  4. Identify potential ministry application of graphic design.

Program Completion and Duration
The Accelerate program allows students to complete the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in 165 total hours, over 5 years of study. Accelerate students enjoy substantial contact with ministry leaders and other Christian professionals, in a cohort structure that links theory with practice throughout their courses of study. Applicants to the Accelerate program must submit additional documentation in the admissions process and agree to take each year’s required number of courses. Students enrolled in Accelerate must maintain a 3.0 GPA at all levels and attend the mandatory amount of cohort meetings assigned by the Dean of Spurgeon College.

Students who cannot meet the requirements of Accelerate will be transferred to the standard Bachelor of Arts or Master of Divinity degree programs, depending on the extent of their progress thus far. Students successfully completing the program will complete both degrees within five academic years. Accelerate students will be considered undergraduate students and will be eligible for undergraduate financial aid for their first 4 academic years of enrollment at Spurgeon College. Following the completion of their 4th academic year, Accelerate students will be considered graduate students and will be eligible for graduate financial aid.


General Education (42 hours)

  • BN170 Introduction to Business & Finance
  • CM110 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • GE101 English Composition I
  • GE102 English Composition II
  • GE135 Quantitative Reasoning
  • GE185 Introduction to Physical Science
  • GE240 Survey of World Literature
  • GS101 Foundations for Kingdom Success
  • HM300 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HM344 Christianity & the Arts
  • HS210 or HS211 American History I or II
  • HT200 Introduction to Ethics
  • HT411 World Religions
  • PY100 Introduction to Psychology

Graphic Design Major (45 hours)

  • GR101 Introduction to Visual Art
  • GR105 Foundations of Drawing & Design
  • GR110 Art History I
  • GR111 Art History II
  • GR201 Bitmap Techniques
  • GR203 Vector Techniques
  • GR205 Motion Techniques
  • GR210 Graphic Design Studio I
  • GR310 Graphic Design Studio II
  • GR313 Graphic Design Studio III
  • GR215 Typography I
  • GR218 Motion Design I
  • GR420 Capstone I: Proposal and Project
  • GR422 Capstone II: Portfolio and Presentation

Elective (Choose 2 from below):

  • GR322 Digital Photography
  • GR327 Web Design for the Gr. Des.
  • GR315 Typography II
  • GR318 Motion Design II

Elective (Choose 1 from below):

  • GR410 Graphic Design Studio IV
  • GR415 Graphic Design Internship

Additional Undergraduate Courses (9 hours)

  • BS204 Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • HT112 Church History I
  • HT113 Church History II

Graduate + Undergraduate Credit by Exam (30 hours)

  • BS2210* Old Testament Survey I
  • BS2211* Old Testament Survey II
  • BS2310* New Testament Survey I
  • BS2311* New Testament Survey II
  • MN5060* Evangelism & Discipleship

*Taken on Graduate level with undergraduate credit given upon successful completion of a Credit-by-Exam. In lieu of the exam, students may also take the undergraduate course in addition to the Graduate level course.

Master of Divinity Coursework (42 hours)

  • MS7011** Missiology
  • HT3110** Baptist History
  • HT3200** Theology I
  • HT3201** Theology II
  • BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
  • BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
  • BS2300 Elementary Greek I
  • BS2301 Elementary Greek II
  • CE8345 Biblical Leadership and Administration for the Church
  • HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
  • MN5161 Expository Preaching I: Sermon Prep  Practicum1
  • MN5162 Expository Preaching I: Sermon Delivery Practicum2
  • MN5430 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry3

**Taken on Graduate Level and will fulfill requirements towards a BA as stipulated by HLC 3+2 Program.

Choose 2 from below:

  • MN5450 Applied Ecclesiology Practicum
  • MN5468 Leadership Practicum
  • BC5510 Biblical Counseling in the Local Church
  • CM9100 Biblical Foundations of Worship

1. Female students take CE8110 Principles of Teaching I.
2. Female students take CE8111 Principles of Teaching II
3 Female Students take CE8411 Age Group Ministry