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Graphic Design

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Visual expression of all types

Work in art studios to develop foundational skills.

As a major in Mount Mercy’s graphic design program, you’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of print and web-based design.

An environment conducive to the student’s total involvement as a developing artist is provided with offerings in art history and appreciation, studio work in fine arts, and graphic design. The Graphic Design major provides a strong background for commercial or applied art careers.


Instructed by our creative faculty who work in the media they teach, Mount Mercy’s engaging graphic design curriculum exposes students to guest design professionals and exhibitions.

Faculty facilitate field trips to graphic design companies, so students talk with and view professionals at work.

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The professors were very encouraging and always strived to challenge their students and build a genuine connection with them.

What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in graphic design

Use your creative mindset and skills to design in any field.

Graduates from our graphic design program have found jobs at both national and local companies such as Stamats, Apache Hose, Patient Education Institute, Raffalo Noel Levitz, and Geonetric.

Students who major in graphic design follow a variety of paths, including:

  • Graphic Designer 
  • Type Designer 
  • Motion Graphic Designer 
  • Digital Experience Designer 
  • Multimedia Designer 
  • Teacher 
  • Information Designer 
  • Product Designer 
  • Wayfinding 
  • Information Architect
  • Package Designer 
  • Exhibition Designer 
  • Content Strategist 
  • Animator 
  • Production Artist 
  • Creative Director & Manager 
  • Production & Marketing Coordinator 
  • Marketing Director 
  • Graduate school preparation for MFA in Visual Communication