This career-oriented program will launch students into the creative world of visual communication.


Graphic Design Majors at Mount St. Joseph University discover a wealth of opportunities to explore and develop their creative spirit. There is an emphasis on new technologies without compromising foundations. Graphic Design students develop skills and proficiencies in problem solving, multi-page design, information graphics, and brand strategies along with a proficiency in industry standard software. Students also move through rigorous studio fundamentals such as design concepts, typography, and drawing.


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Featured Courses:

  • Brand Identity Design: The importance of research reveals itself through insight, strategy, and design choices resulting in an integrated experience.
  • Digital Literacy Series I, II and III: These one credit-hour courses meet once a week for 50 minutes to support students' tutorial study outside of class in learning industry software.
  • Hand to Pixel: This hands-on workshop explores the integration of traditional hand media with digital techniques to look at how varying materials can both shape and expand visual communications. Along with the digital creation of elaborate imagery, students will investigate a variety of hand methods to explore the dynamic interaction between hand and pixel.
  • Information Graphics: Students explore and discover the interaction of ideas, form, and typography through simplification of data into visual form.


Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete the requirements for our major will:

  • Be ready for a professional career in the creative field
  • Have the conceptual and technological skills needed in the industry
  • Gain professional knowledge of industry standard software like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Be an articulate problem solver
  • Have a hand in community engagement to cultivate lifelong learning
  • Engage in the creative problem solving process that is so vital in the industry
  • Have mastery of typography, design principles, color theory, brand identity, symbol systems, and information graphics
  • Identify the formal, technical, and expressive aspects in visual communication
  • Understand design principles for web, print and motion.


Program Benefits:

Our program develops communication concepts for identity, print and the web. We emphasize research, typography, design elements and visual placement to create an overall visual impact for fundamental to specialized methods of visual communications and adapt them to a variety of formats such as brochures, posters, exhibits, information graphics and brand identity. Projects include presentations, web-based information, collateral material and other communication media suitable for internal human relations, marketing and the betterment of society.


We offer art scholarships to freshmen based on artistic potential demonstrated in their portfolios.


Service Focused:

One of our hallmarks is working with charitable clients within the classroom, most notably non-profit organizations in the greater Cincinnati community and beyond, whose missions align with those of the Mount. Through research and visual translation in these projects, we gain an appreciation for diversity of cultures and beliefs, and respect and concern for all persons.


Faculty Highlight:

Professor Kurt Grannan has built relationships between non-profit charitable agencies and Mount students to employ strategy and design in promoting the greater good. Collaborative classroom projects include:


Client: Green Umbrella
Mission: Collaborative solutions that enable greater positive impact on the environment.
Project: Brand Charter

Client: Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact Response; PAR (People Advocating Recovery); and MHA (Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio).
Mission: Shift the culture in the community of disease and drug gratification to health and recovery.
Project: Brand identity and collateral campaign

Client: WordPlay Cincy
Mission: Transforming communities through innovation and education.
Project: Ongoing collateral work

Client: RISE, Reenter into Society Empowered.
Mission: Removing barriers and empowering opportunities for at-risk youth.
Project: RISE Youth brand development.

Client: Healthy Moms & Babes.
Mission: Increase infant survival and foster the health of women and children.
Project: Ongoing collateral work.


News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent graphic design program news and events; visit the Department of Art and Design page. 


Degrees Offered


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Scholarships, loans, grants? What’s the difference? How do I apply? By visiting our Scholarships, Grants, and Loans webpage, you’ll find out.

Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff

Kurt Grannan
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Beth Belknap Brann
Professor Emerita

John Griffith
Department Chair, Art & Design

Cecelia Dorger
Adjunct Faculty

Loyola Walter
Associate Professor

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Department of Art and Design

A wealth of opportunities to explore and develop artistic abilities.