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Major / BFA / Bachelor of Fine Arts  / 120 hrs.

Graphic Design Concentration

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design is the art and practice of planning, organizing, and communicating ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. One of the designer’s primary goals is to produce visuals that educate, inform, motivate or market products and/or services for clients whether it be commercial, educational, cultural, social,
or political.

Our program offers a variety of courses focused on varying design techniques, mediums, and applications. We emphasize the development of a creative problem-solving mindset.

Studio Art Concentration

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Studio Art program is the most studio intensive within the art department, offering pre-professional training for the fine artist. It accents creativity and encourages a breadth of skills in the arts. Upon completion of the BFA degree, students may elect to go to graduate school or begin professional careers.

Minors in Art / 18 – 21 hrs.

Three offerings for students interested in gaining a flexible background in graphics or studio art.

Art Studio / Graphic Design / Advertising Production

Often paired with a bachelor’s of Arts in Graphic Design, this minor program in art has the variety to meet your interests.


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” —Thomas Merton

Student Experience

The Franciscan spirit is Fundamental . . .whether on-campus or off in our Study abroad Program.

Inside or outside the classroom, the student experience determines what students learn and what new graduates have the potential to do as they enter the workforce.

New investments in classroom and in campus facilities will allow even better student preparation for the challenges of the 21st century.





Art Recruitment Day (February 17, 2024)
Graphic Design & Studio Concentration students

  • Daylong event to showcase facilities and faculty
  • Significant scholarships are competitively awarded
  • Guided Tour of Campus
  • Meeting with Admissions Staff & Success Coaches

BFA / Majors & Undeclared Students
Access to funds in a variety of ways:

  • Portfolio review in person at any level of college standing
  • Participating in the Art Recruitment Day prior to attending
  • Remote portfolio review prior to attending

Existing Named Scholarships
Provide recurring funding during your college experience: Fr. Tom Brown Scholarship, DeMero Scholarship, Helmer Fine Arts Scholarship, Robert & Jason Mejer Scholarship, Spear Scholarship, Schwan Family Scholarship, Winking Scholarship

Meet our talented Art Department Faculty

Bob Mejer, M.F.A.

Distinguished Professor of Art / Gallery Curator
International / National renown watercolor artist has participated in over 600 exhibitions
Longest serving QU faculty member
Teaches: Design fundamentals / Computer Graphics / Watercolor / Printmaking


Gary Meacher, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Design
15+ years as a Freelance Designer
10+ years as a Creative Educator
Employs the use of design as a tool for solving problems
Teaches: Creative Hardware and Software tools / Graphic Design / Motion Design / User Experience / Visual Journalism / Web Design / etc.


Karl Warma, M.F.A.

Professor of Art
Former Peace Corps Volunteer
10+ years Graphic Design Business Owner
Teaches: Drawing / Photography / Illustration / History of Graphic Design / Aesthetics

Pencil us in . . .For a tour or portfolio review

Have an interest in art?

The mission of the Art Program is to help students:

To become more visually literate by acquiring a competency in the non-verbal language of art and design.

To develop critical skills through verbal and written accounts of historical and contemporary art issues.

To develop the capacity to solve problems within a variety of contexts.

To develop competencies in the areas of 2-D and 3-D art and design.

To learn and utilize traditional and current technologies in creating art and design.

The need for self-evaluation regarding one’s own artworks and the ability of others.

The development (through these cumulative learning experiences) of the capacity for independent work
in the art and design professions.

To know the professional standards required of being a good artist/designer.

To understand and have knowledge of the business of being an artist/designer



Fun Fact: Alumna Rita Niemann '51 donated both St. Francis and Clare statues to the university. They have now become an iconic symbol of our Franciscan spirit. St. Francis arms are wide open to invite all who enter.

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