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Graphic Design Curriculum

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 nonprofits 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 (PDF)

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 (PDF) 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.