Graphic Design
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Siena Heights University Graphic Design students are considered artists, and are encouraged to approach design as an artistic endeavor. The graphic design major encourages students to integrate their own personal and cultural values into their visual communication designs.

Scanners, graphic tablets, and large format inkjets are also part of the digital experience. Students also have use of traditional studio settings, including photography and printmaking.

FAST FACT The program utilizes state-of-the-art Macintosh computers and the latest software, including the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as an array of high-end black-and-white and color printers. 

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • The Arts Scholarship Days

Learn more about the Graphic Design program.

The goal of the program is to provide students with a mastery of the creative process and the tools necessary to produce an advanced portfolio which will include print, web and time-based media. The investigation of visual culture theory and the history of graphic design introduce students to the historical and critical perspective of the profession, providing a solid background from which to begin their own design journey.

Near the end of the program, students will take the required Portfolio and Senior Exhibition courses and prepare a resume and other materials for employment, exhibit opportunities and graduate school. Finally, the program culminates in an internship, a gallery show and portfolio presentation teaching students the practical skills needed to enter the professional field of graphic design with confidence.

Meet the Graphic Design faculty members.

Conlon, Robert B

Conlon, Robert B

Associate Professor of Art; Chair of the Art Department517-264-7864
Zerbe, Erin

Zerbe, Erin

Assistant Professor of Art517-264-7861

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Graphic Design.

Employment opportunities for Graphic Design graduates are found in virtually all types of business. Some examples are:

  • Advertising
  • Automobile Industry
  • Broadcast Media
  • Communications
  • Document Management
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Loan Industry
  • Marketing
  • Print and Digital Media
  • Printing and Publishing

Graduates who decide to go on to graduate school for further study are being admitted to top-ranked schools, including:

  • Alfred University
  • University of Michigan
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Arizona
  • Syracuse University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Bowling Green State University

Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University conducts Arts Scholarship Days for prospective students.

High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in 
music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.

Pre-registration is required. 

Please check back for the 2015-16 dates!

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education

Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

Erin Zerbe

Erin Zerbe

Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.