Graphic Design Program Features

Graphic design majors have a knack for print and web-based design, and a desire to learn how to use those talents with clients in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Graphic design majors will gain the skills needed to work professionally in Adobe software like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects and Dreamweaver. They also learn web tools and scripting languages such as html, css, xml, and java script.

Job Possibilities
Graphic designers work for companies looking for creative individuals to design anything from marketing materials such as brochures, logos and websites, or company instructional materials. Mount Mercy graphic design majors have worked for companies like Stamats, Apache Hose, Patient Education Institute, RuffaloCODY, and Geonetric.

This major is a hybrid major drawn from the art and communication disciplines. It is designed to not only provide students with the competencies to understand the role of communication in organizations, groups and activities, but also to give students a firm grounding in the application of new and emerging technologies. 

The multimedia/design major would prepare students for careers in the aesthetic aspects of organizations (graphic design, desktop publishing, video production, web page design, photography) as well as the design and production of corporate publications (magazines, newsletters and annual reports). First year graduates report salaries ranging from $15,000-30,000*.

*Salaries are ranges reported by 2002 Mount Mercy graduates.

Though not required, it is highly recommended that graphic design majors gain additional experience applying skills through professional internships after their junior year. Past and current students have interned with companies such as Aegon, Apache Hose, and Informatics.

Study Abroad
Many students have furthered their graphic design awareness and global career preparation through study abroad opportunities through faculty-led courses to Oaxaca, Mexico, the European Union, or through independent journeys to an area of their choice.

Student Clubs
The Art Club is open to all students who share a passion for creative arts. The club takes trips to art centers like the Chicago Art Institute, co-sponsors Pottery Night, and through their yearly art sale, supports maintenance of the “Our Lady of Sorrows” Grotto.

The 16-machine Macintosh computer lab allows students to be equipped with the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite, hosts an extensive font library, video and music editing software, along with MS Office and much more. Students also have access to color laser printers and a large-format color printer to view their work on a crisp printed page.