Mount Mercy University's art major prepares students to impact the ever-evolving culture around them.

Students in Mount Mercy’s art major cement their foundation in visual arts concepts, principles and techniques. Our art facilities offer hands-on learning in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, video and alternative media like installation, creating diverse and energetic work as unique as a fingerprint. 

At Mount Mercy, 85% of graduates who majored in art, graphic design or art education are employed in a career related to their studies — some even before graduation.

Networking makes a difference. Instructed by our creative faculty who work in the media they teach, Mount Mercy’s engaging curriculum is intertwined with guest artists, seminars, exhibitions, fieldtrips, workshops, student-teaching and internships, and provides students with the opportunity to study and practice with nationally-known artists in their areas of interest.

Art scholarships are available to any student with a passion for the arts.

What can I do with an art degree?

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree who major in art are equipped to follow a variety of paths. Many become photographers, consultants, teachers, independent artists, art directors, or attend graduate programs to become art professors or museum curators.

Mount Mercy student artists exhibit their creative accomplishments off-campus and participate in Art Club activities and other campus and community experiences. As part of the capstone course, art and design program seniors exhibit their work in the university’s public Janalyn Hanson White Gallery. Many display and even sell their work at local exhibitions and special events, including:

  • New Bohemia’s 2x2 Exhibit
  • NewBo Art Fest
  • Marion Arts Festival
  • The Area College Exhibit at the Lowe Arts Center in Marion
  • Midwestern university print exhibits

Alumni say our faculty make Mount Mercy University the best art school in Iowa:

“Mount Mercy’s professors are committed to providing students with an environment conducive to creativity and success. I always enjoyed the inspirational atmosphere of a variety of artists bouncing ideas off one another. Every art student graduates with the confidence and resources to achieve their career goals.”

Meghan Bean ‘08

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