Why Study Graphic Design at Madonna University?

  • Receive individualized attention and instruction in small classes
  • Learn from working graphic designers about current industry trends, practices and technologies
  • Develop your portfolio by creating professional projects 
  • Take advantage of internships and student employment opportunities 
  • Create independent and collaborative class projects 

As a graphic design major at Madonna University, you will begin with introductory courses that provide a strong foundation on which to build. Progress through the program concentrating on collateral design, logo work, typography, promotional advertising, package design, web design, environmental graphics, information graphics and culminating in the advanced graphic design class, which offers a collaborative branding experience from concept to final. 

Our graphic design alumni give back by visiting class to share information and inspiration, or by providing freelance, full- or part-time work, to help you build experience with clients and create projects to strengthen your portfolio. Most semesters, depending on the business climate, we offer real world graphic design projects you can compete for, or be awarded on merit. 

Careers Grad School Employers of Alumni
Advertising Designer  College for Creative Studies BNP Media 
Art Director/Creative Director  Cranbrook  CDK Global 
Branding/Identity Designer 

Michigan State University

FCA-North America 
Environmental Designer (Signage and Wayfinding) The New School  Great Lakes Wine and Spirits 
Illustrator Pratt Henry Ford Museum
Information Designer (Charts and other data communication) Saginaw Valley State MGM Grand Detroit 
Logo Designer Savannah College of Art and Design Multi-Bank Securities
Package Designer School of Visual Arts Northville District Library 
Print Designer (Collateral/Editorial/Publication)  University of Michigan Stamps School  O&E Media/Gannett
Web Designer Wayne State University  OHM Advisors 
    Quill Communications
    Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers 
    Rock Ventures 
    Schoolcraft College
    Specs Howard School of Media Arts
    Team Detroit 

Erin BellErin Bell, Class of 2012
Erin graduated in 2012 from Madonna University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Business Administration. Currently, she designs marketing materials for a wine, liquor and beer wholesaler, as well as creates graphic and web designs as a freelancer. "Madonna's graphic design program was great because of the one-on-one attention I received, the constant project critiques to learn my strengths and weaknesses, the range of different types of projects to give me experience, and my instructor's willingness to go above and beyond to help me succeed," she said. "I really enjoyed my time at Madonna in the graphic design program."

Hannah Glodich Hannah Glodich, Class of 2015
After graduation, Hannah was hired as a graphic designer at The Henry Ford Museum. She designs magazines, and other print work for the Museum. Hannah recently sent this message to her graphic design instructor, “I just wanted to share this update with you…Today they put up a banner I designed at The Henry Ford, and it made me think of a project I did in one of my graphics classes at Madonna where we had to choose an exhibit at a local museum and redesign the signage (for it). I did (that project) using The Henry Ford, and I was just thinking how funny it is that I am doing one for real now!”

James Naugle James Naugle, Class of 2012
James Naugle, graduated in 2012 and works as a web design specialist for the CDK Global in Detroit. He works with manufacturers such as GM, Volkswagen, and Hyundai, creating progressive design content for their dealer sites. "I have made great use of the skills and design principles I learned from Madonna," he said. "While attending Madonna, I was always encouraged and put on the right track by not only my graphic design advisor, but all the members and teachers of the art and design department. Madonna University presents a very nurturing environment for budding graphic designers."

Julia Renkert Julia Renkert, Class of 2011
Julia works as a web graphic designer at BNP Media in Troy. She designs and codes mobile-responsive email templates for all of BNP’s brands. She also creates, updates and supports design changes on all their brand websites. Julia creates various design elements (logos, headers, icons, images) for the BNP website and social media pages and designs online advertising, as well as print design. When asked about her experience at Madonna, Julia said, “Madonna was a perfect fit for me. The small class sizes made it all much more personable, and the teachers were exceptional. I learned so much and had fun along the way!”

Kyle Swider Kyle Swider, Class of 2012
A graphic designer for MGM Grand Detroit, Kyle is responsible for web and print design throughout the property. He creates everything from postcards, to logos, to ads, and billboards. "I get to see my work along major highways and even in publications throughout the country," he said. "The smaller graphic design classes at Madonna led to more one-on-one discussions which really helped me thrive and ultimately got me to where I am today! We did a combination of group and individual assignments across the semester, which is exactly how it is in my job, so gaining that experience was very beneficial."