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 Southwest Airlines, Dick’s Sporting Goods, L’Oreal, and EXPRESS.

Fast Facts

  • Mercyhurst's graphic design program was ranked #4 nationwide by College Choice for 2020

  • 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  Community Resources for Independence (CRI), Chroma Guild, and the Icebreaker Tourney.

  • 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

In The Classroom

The Mercyhurst University Department of Art teamed up with the Erie Zoo for an “ExZOOberant Paint Party” in our art studio. The Jungle Crayon Fence surrounds the children’s play area as a memorable and fun piece of personality in the nearby Erie Zoo. Students and faculty from the Department of Art led the initiative to host a painting party to give new life to this iconic fence in the zoo area. The entire Mercyhurst community was invited to join in the fun, with students, faculty, and staff helping paint more than 85 crayons with unique designs and names that all adhered to an animal theme. Mercyhurst’s Department of Art students love opportunities to be creative in the Erie community, especially the chance to work on unique displays like the Jungle Crayon Fence!

paint party
infographic examples


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.

Contact Us

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