Imaginations powered by innovation.

A state-of-the-art, private graphics lab, iMac computers, Adobe editing software, GoPro cameras and 3D printing —all the tools and high-tech gadgets our majors need to produce high-quality work to attract the attention of leading employers in the industry. It doesn’t hurt that our comprehensive curriculum integrates web and print design, which fosters versatile graduates. When students get to apply that knowledge in consultations with actual clients, they’re not only providing a tangible service within the community, but they’re also building robust professional portfolios. There’s no question — our graduates are well prepared for the workforce. This is evident in the number of jobs our graduates snag with high-profile corporate companies, such as Wegmans, Dick’s Sporting Goods and NASCAR.

Fast Facts

  • What better way to learn about art than to experience it firsthand? That’s why graphic design majors regularly design for real clients such as Erie Food Tours, the Barber National Institute, and the Icebreaker Tournament

  • The art department purchased its first 3D MakerBot printer in 2016. Several courses incorporate 3D printing to bring student sketches and designs to life

  • AdPro is a student-run, social organization that helps students better understand advertising, while practicing professionalism


This class expands student’s command of Adobe Illustrator by exploring a combination of vector skills, traditional media and techniques used to create spot and editorial illustration.


This course is an introduction to digital video editing. Students will be working in the style of non-linear video editing.


District Two American Advertising Federation (AAF) Ad Club Awards (Addys) Winners: Gold: Angela Zanaglio - Forgotten Fog Silver: Anna Cooney - Western PA Undergrad Psychology Conference Collateral

Mercyhurst Graphic Design grads go on to do great things with their degrees. Just a few examples include:

Cole Prots '19, LÓreal, Management Development Program (NYC)

Gina Christofferson '07 – Limited Corporate, Assistant Art Director (OH)

Rose Heid '14 – Graduate studies at CMU entertainment Technology Center, Universal Creative in the Advanced Technologies and Interactives group.

Ashley Casey '06 – Spotify, Web Designer (OH)

Colin Kimball '14 – Erie Insurance Group, UX/UI Designer (PA)

Kelsey Elliot '14 – Moon Tide Media, Graphic Designer (LA)

Sarah Sampsel '03 – Work & Company, Design Director (NYC)

Caitlin Ewing '14 – Belo + Co, Senior Art Director (TX)

Kellie Cope '08 (PB) – NASCAR, Manager of Design (NC)

Haris Merzihic '11, Luke Pieczynski '03, & Rachel Clark '15 – Dick's Sporting Goods Corporate (PA)

Frank Pessia – Wegman's Corporate, Design Coordinator (NY)

Tiffany Cook '10 – Aspen Snowmass, Social Media and Events Marketing (CO)

Matthew Zehner '06 – Zehner Group, CEO (LA)

Mike Temple '09– Amazon, Program Manager (SC)

Contact Us

Peter Stadtmueller, MSIS
Program Director, Graphic Design
Office: Hirt 100A
Phone: 814-824-3346