Gannon University - Erie, PA | Pennsylvania Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Gannon University

School Summary
109 W Sixth St
Erie, PA 16541
(814) 871-7000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
City: Small
Campus Housing:

About Gannon University

Gannon University is a private, four-year, co-educational, Catholic institution of higher education located on the bay front of Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie is an industrial city on the shores of Lake Erie and has a population of approximately 104,000. It is close to Cleveland, Ohio, Buffalo, New York, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erie is home to the Erie Philharmonic and the Lake Erie Ballet. The Erie Art Museum on the bayfront houses largely folk and modern art and is located in the historic former U.S. Customs House. The museum also hosts regular jazz and blues music concerts. The Warner Theatre hosts many performances each year and was recently renovated. Only six blocks away from the Gannon campus, Presque Isle State Park provides trails for hiking, beaches, and biking paths.

Bishop John Mark Gannon established Cathedral College in 1925 under the charter of Villa Maria College. He bought the Strong Mansion, now called Old Main, in downtown Erie in 1941 for the center of campus. In 1944, the school was renamed Gannon College and received its own charter as a four-year men's college. In 1964, Gannon became co-educational an din 1979 became a university.

For those interested in advertising design, Gannon's humanities department offers a bachelor's degree in advertising communications. The program teaches students to create advertising for a variety of media including television, radio, and print. Instructors teach different communication methods, public relations, direct marketing, and sales promotions. Students learn to be both pragmatic and creative and are prepared for careers in advertising. Students can gain valuable experience by joining the Gannon Student Advertising Club, which takes trips to conferences and advertising agencies. Seniors gain further experience by participating in an internship.

The department of theater communication arts offers a bachelor's degree in communication arts. The program gives students practical experience with radio and television production, management, telecommunications, technical broadcasting, digital media, and web management. Students are prepared for a variety of media careers. They can gain hands-on experience at Gannon by working on lighting, sound design, and set design for plays put on by the department.

Gannon offers students the Early Version Award (EVA), which allows them to determine tuition costs and needs very early in the process. 90% of Gannon students qualify for some type of financial aid, such as scholarships, grants, federal loans, private loans, and work-study.

Individual programs at Gannon are accredited by the appropriate institutions.

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