Graphic designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They use a variety of print, electronic and film media and technologies to execute designs that meet clients' communication needs. They consider cognitive, cultural, physical and social factors in executing designs that are appropriate for a given context.

This 33 credit program provides a sound education in graphic design theory, technology and application. Students completing the certificate will be well versed in industry standard software, including PhotoShop, Freehand, Dreamweaver, Flash and Quark on the industry accepted platform of MacIntosh. As a culminating experience, students will develop a professional level portfolio and personal promotional materials.

Students who enroll in two or more courses each term should be able to complete the certificate in two years. All students must demonstrate computer competency or meet this requirement by completing Computer Applications (MIS 101) prior to enrolling in Introduction to Graphic Design (ART 220).

Course Requirements 

ART 101 Drawing
ART 128 Basic Computer Design
ART 220 Typographic Foundations
ART 225 Computer Illustration Techniques
ART 230 Graphic Design History
ART 320 Type and Publication Design
ART 321 Introduction to Web Design
ART 322 Corporate Identity and Branding
ART 323 Portfolio Development
ART 325 Intermediate Website Design
ART ***  (One elective courses)

Descriptions are available in the Course Catalog



B.A. or B.S. degree with an overall GPA of at least 2.5.


Applying is easy! Fill out your free online application, then have official college transcripts sent to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at: Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546

Contact Us

Paul Hirsch 
Enrollment Counselor
Phone: 814-824-2985