Mount Mercy University’s graphic design major gives you the power to focus attention, shape interaction and change the way people see the world.

As a major in graphic design at Mount Mercy, you’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of print and web-based design. Our graphic design studios offer hands-on learning in printmaking, drawing, photography and video, where you’ll master your understanding of aesthetics and typography using the 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.

Instructed by our creative faculty who work in the media they teach, Mount Mercy’s engaging graphic design curriculum is also intertwined with guest artists, seminars, exhibitions, field trips and workshops, and provides students with the opportunity to study and practice with nationally known artists.

Experience gives you a competitive edge. At Mount Mercy, 85% of graduates who majored in graphic design, art or art education are employed in a career related to their studies — some even before graduation. Graphic design majors have held internships with, and often go on to work for, such area employers as Informatics, Rockwell Collins, GoDaddy, Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Indian Creek Nature Center and a long list of others. You’ll depart Mount Mercy with the diverse portfolio and key networking contacts you'll need to successfully enter the profession upon graduation.

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 with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design are equipped to follow a variety of paths. Many become graphic, motion graphic, type, web, user experience, and interactive designers; art, creative, and marketing directors and coordinators; production artists and coordinators; social media coordinators; illustrators; and animators. Our alumni have achieved success in a variety of positions, including:

  • Interactive Designer, Bluestem Brands, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  • Marketing Media & Graphics Specialist, Apache, Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Senior Graphic Designer / Web Developer, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Variable Data Lead/Pre-Press Specialist, Allegra Marketing, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Art Teachers at College Community School District and the Cedar Rapids Community School District, Cedar Rapids, IA

 “Mount Mercy is the perfect place to get your degree because you will receive a well-rounded education from dedicated professors who want you to be successful even after you leave Mount Mercy. Service learning, one-on-one academic advising and faculty connections throughout the community make your Mount Mercy experience something that will continue long after graduation.”

— April Hageman ’08, Graphic & Advertising Coordinator, Altorfer, Inc

“I’ve grown as an artist a lot. My teachers have helped me a lot with getting better at what I do and having better discipline as an artist.”

Tanya Stoyanova, Graphic Design major

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