Brescia University - Owensboro, KY | Kentucky Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Brescia University

School Summary
717 Frederica St
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 685-3131
Degree Type:
Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Campus Setting:
City: Small
Campus Housing:

About Brescia University

Brescia University is a four-year coeducational Catholic liberal arts college in Owensboro, Kentucky. Owensboro is Kentucky's third largest city and is the cultural and retail center of western Kentucky. Community activities in Owensboro include music, theater and art. Owensboro RiverPark Center, a performing arts and civic center, boasts a multi-purpose auditorium, an experimental theatre, a riverfront plaza, an open-air courtyard, and the International Bluegrass Museum. The museum hosts its own annual Summer festival known as ROMP, the River Of Music Party. Also during the summer, the city hosts a 16-week series of free outdoor concerts on the downtown riverfront with live bands and events for families. Art lovers will enjoy the recent expansion of the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, featuring an Atrium Sculpture Court, a restored Civil War-era mansion, the Kentucky Spirit Galleries, and a priceless collection of German stained glass windows.

Brescia University originated in 1925 with the Mount Saint Joseph Junior College for Women in Maple Mount, Kentucky. The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph offered coeducational extension courses as well, leading to the creation of a second campus. After 1949 the two campuses were consolidated at the present site of Brescia University. In 1951 the newly founded Brescia College began operating as a four-year college and, in 1998, became Brescia University. Brescia is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Decatur, Georgia, and also by the United States Catholic Conference Commission on Certification and Accreditation. The campus is situated on nine acres in the heart of downtown Owensboro. The campus facilities include a multi-story library, a campus center with dining, study and recreational facilities, a chapel, and apartment-style residential housing accommodations. The campus arts facilities include the Little Theatre, the Anna Eaton Stout Gallery, a ceramics lab and a number of art studios and music rooms.

The programs in art at Brescia offer students the opportunity to work in a variety of media. The four-year BA degree program in graphic design prepares graduates for careers in advertising design, illustration, and computer graphics. Graphic design combines the creative skills of fine art with the practical needs of printed and digital advertisements. Internships, professional design software, projects from area businesses and small intense classes are a vital part of the program. Classes for the first year are preliminary art skills introduction courses. The upper-division courses are centered on design, typography, software, layout and problem-solving skills. Graduates are prepared to enter the advertising/print media-market with a combination of computer skills, design skills and artistic skills. Required courses include drawing, design, photography, graphic design, painting, computer graphics, printmaking, and a professional practices seminar.

Brescia University offers institutional assistance in the form of merit-based academic scholarships. Scholarships are open to new full-time freshman and transfer undergraduate students. Brescia also offers contributed and endowed scholarships to prospective and current students through the contributions of alumni, families, and friends. All students are considered for contributed and endowed scholarships at the time of admission without a separate application.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,