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.
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.
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.
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.
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.