Graphic Design

Why major in Graphic Design?

Begin creating a successful future with a graphic design degree from Mount Mary University. Through Mount Mary’s graphic design program you can:

  • Gain fundamental art skills
  • Develop professional skills with industry-standard Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Work with real-life clients on class projects and during internships
  • Learn to communicate effectively with clients

Minor in Graphic Design

Complete degree requirements for a minor in graphic design and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Design Your Own Career Path

Who knows? Maybe you’ll design the next logo as recognizable as the Nike swoosh or create an award-winning brochure or magazine.

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate with various audiences through print and digital media. From working with social media or designing brand images and logos, to producing 3-D animations or designing print publications, the possibilities are limitless.

An increase in demand for graphic designers

With learned skills in animation, illustration, photographs, prints, and text incorporation, undergraduates in the Graphic Design program will find many job opportunities. Annual salary for a graphic designer ranges from $33,000 to $65,000.

Design Your Own Career Path

Learn more about Mount Mary's Graphic Design Degree

Mount Mary University’s graphic design program, prepares you to:

  • Understand the process of marketing and design as a balance of function and aesthetic reaction to product
  • Be versatile, have an analytical and empathic depth of understanding of the global culture
  • Work collaboratively and understand each aspect of the creative process and the global affect of the design culture
  • Engage in conversation on social justice, sustainability and the long-term impact of design within the local and international community as well as within yourself

In the graphic design program, you’ll gain a concrete foundation of the individual elements in the arts and work with the latest technology and design tools throughout the creative design process. In particular, you’ll learn color theory, the art of communication through typography and primary concepts of art. Graphic design professionals also visit select classes for special lectures.

Client-based projects—In your advanced coursework, you will work with real-life clients on design projects. These projects teach you the importance of speed and accuracy while maintaining a creative edge and meeting client requirements. This experience also allows you to develop projects from conception to final design and learn how to communicate clearly with clients.

As part of the university’s mission and values of community and social justice, you’ll work with clients from nonprofit organizations in the community so you can learn and give back at the same time. Past clients students have worked with include Mount Mary departments or special event coordinators, as well as other non-profits such as:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Milwaukee Women’s Center
  • Waukesha Women’s Center
  • ArtWorks
  • Care-Net
  • MoneyWorks

Professional portfolios—Each year, you will create a portfolio of your work. During your final semester, you’ll present a portfolio showcasing your professional designs to a panel of industry professionals who will review your work.


Graphic Design Major Requirements

At Mount Mary, a graphic design degree requires a minimum of 57 credits in graphic design courses. You also must complete the university’s core curriculum requirements per graphic design 4-year curriculum plan. An internship is required.

Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin


Graphic Design Minor Requirements

A graphic design minor is a great asset, especially if you’re interested in a communication or arts-related career. The minor requires a minimum of 29 credits. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.


Graphic Design Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program

A post-baccalaureate certificate in graphic design is available to women who already hold an undergraduate degree, but seek further training. See more details on graphic design certificate requirements.



The School of Arts & Design at Mount Mary is rich with talented faculty who care about their students.

As a graphic design student, you can get involved in many student clubs and organizations on campus, as well as professional organizations in the community.

Graphic Design Club

Mount Mary’s Graphic Design Club is a professional organization for students who are committed to furthering excellence in the field. The group provides you with opportunities for internships, networking, getting involved in the local design community and building leadership skills.

The group’s past activities include one-day workshops at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wis., and a one-day trip to New York City to see the Museum of Modern Art.

The club also provides you opportunities to become involved in professional organizations, including:



Latin for "to make, create, produce," CREO is an annual celebration of creativity that showcases student work from Mount Mary fine art, fashion, graphic design, art therapy and interior design programs. CREO is forward-thinking and ever-developing. It's an opportunity for a cross-generational audience to experience a cross-disciplinary slice of Milwaukee's creative talent.

Graphic design students plan and display their work in a gallery space at CREO each year. Students also design the event’s invitation. The event attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

View the 2020 CREO student Exhibition

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