Mercyhurst University

Graphic Design Bachelor of Arts

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.

DID YOU KNOW...

DID YOU KNOW...

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

DID YOU KNOW...

DID YOU KNOW...

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

DID YOU KNOW...

DID YOU KNOW...

What better way to learn about art than to experience it firsthand? That’s why graphic design majors head to art museums in Pittsburgh and Cleveland and check out major art shows twice a year.

WHY GRAPHIC DESIGN?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying graphic design.
Image for Cole Prots '19
Creative opportunities and professional preparation
Cole Prots '19


ART 231 Digital Video Editing
If you’ve never used a GoPro, don’t worry. This course introduces students to one of the newest cameras on the market, while also using Final Cut Pro editing software to develop captivating digital videos.

ART 322 Corporate Identity and Branding
The most intensive of all the design courses requires students to create a comprehensive brand strategy for two companies — one imaginary and one local business.

ART 323 Portfolio Development
Every graphic designer needs an attention-grabbing, professional portfolio. After the completion of this course, our graduates are ready to ace each and every interview that comes their way.

EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES

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.

DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING

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

Addy Award Winners

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

Meet the Faculty

Faculty Image for 
Daniel Burke
Daniel Burke, M.Ed.
Professor
Faculty Image for 
Gary Cardot
Gary Cardot, M.A., M.F.A.
Assistant Professor
Faculty Image for 
Heather Denning
Heather Denning, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LSW
Art Therapy Instructor
Faculty Image for 
Jodi Staniunas-Hopper
Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, M.F.A.
Chairperson, Associate Professor
Faculty Image for 
Peter Stadtmueller
Peter Stadtmueller, M.S.I.S.
Graphic Design Program Director, Lecturer
Faculty Image for 
Thomas Hubert
Thomas Hubert, M.F.A.
Professor

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA