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Graphic Design

Mercyhurst University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2022

About this program

Graphic Design

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

Program content



  • ART 100 Drawing I (3 credits)
  • ART 122 or 123 Art History (3 credits)
  • ART 125 2-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
  • ART 126 3-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
  • Basic Level 2-D Studio (3 credits)
  • Basic Level 3-D Studio (3 credits)
  • Art Electives (2) (3 credits)

Art History

  • ART 122 Ancient to Medieval Art History (3 credits)
  • ART 123 Renaissance to 20th Century Art History (3 credits)
  • ART 128 Basic Computer Design (3 credits)
  • ART 223 History of Modern Art (3 credits)
  • ART 224 History of Photography (3 credits)
  • ART 230 Graphic Design History (3 credits)
  • ID 220 History of Interior Design (3 credits)
  • ID 221 History of Architecture (3 credits)

Art Therapy

  • ARTH 125 Art Therapy I (3 credits)
  • ARTH 225 Art Therapy II (3 credits)
  • ARTH 325 Art Therapy III (3 credits)
  • PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
  • ART 100 Drawing I
  • ART 102 Ceramics I
  • ART 128 Basic Computer Design

Graphic Design

  • ART 100 Drawing I (3 credits)
  • ART 125 2-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
  • ART 128 Basic Computer Design (3 credits)
  • ART 220 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 credits)
  • ART 221 Digital Imagery (3 credits)
  • 3 Approved Graphic Design Electives (3 credits)


  • ART 106 Photography I
  • ART 128 Basic Computer Design
  • ART 206 Intermediate Photography
  • ART 223 History of Modern Art
  • ART 224 History of Photography
  • ART 305 Digital Photography
  • ART 306 Color Photography
  • ART 400 Individualized Studio I

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total tuition fees for

  • Residents:$55,505
  • Local Commuters:$43,005

Career paths

  • Art Directors
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Graphic Designers

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Mercyhurst University

Founded in 1929, Mercyhurst University is a private, Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a hill overlooking Lake Erie. Our 75-acre campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. The university educates diverse persons in...

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Mercyhurst University

501 E 38th Street
16546 Erie Pennsylvania
United States of America

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