Graphic Design

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

In our graphic design Mac computer lab you’ll master your understanding of aesthetics and typography using software such as Adobe Creative Suite—Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, and Premiere Pro—to prepare marketing and print materials, logos, websites, videos, and brand identity style guides. Graphic design students also work in art studios to develop foundational skills in areas such as drawing, printmaking, and photography.

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.

Mount Mercy students exhibit their creative accomplishments off-campus and participate in Art Club activities and other student clubs and campus experiences. On campus, graphic design students exhibit their work in the university’s Janalyn Hanson White Gallery and Paha Review. Many display and even sell their work at local exhibitions and special events.

Drawing on Mount Mercy’s breadth of undergraduate programs, you may choose to combine studies in graphic design with a second major or minor, honing your business acumen in marketing or communication, or your web programming skills in computer science.

Graphic Design Scholarships are available to any student with a passion for the arts.

What can I do with a degree in graphic design?

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

 “I’ve grown as an artist a lot. Most artists tend to procrastinate, and it’s really hard to work on your own, but my teachers have helped me get better at what I do. I have better discipline as an artist.”

Tanya Stoyanova ’14
Graphic Designer
The Page Group

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