MFA in Graphic Design

The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program is a conceptually based, two-year, 60-credit course of study. The program consists of regular critiques by a faculty of practicing professionals as well as training in advanced design technology. Research and discussion involve both modernist and postmodernist design theory and their application to contemporary graphic design. Students are encouraged to explore new ideas, maintain and promote the highest design standards, and keep fully abreast of contemporary developments in the field of graphic design.

Critiques, research, and discussion form the basis of the graphic design curriculum. Lectures by nationally and internationally distinguished designers and direct contact with the industry further enhance the curriculum. The final year of study is devoted primarily to the master’s thesis—presented in an exhibition—for which a student is expected to make an original contribution to the field of graphic design.

Students in the MFA in Graphic Design program receive individual work areas in spacious open communal studios. The Graphic Design space also includes printing facilities, a seminar room, and two large classrooms with LCD projectors and critique walls. The space connects directly to studios and facilities in printmaking and book arts.

Although graphic design students have access to a computer lab in the College of Fine Arts, each student is expected to own a personal laptop computer.

Graphic Design Curriculum

CFA AR 881, 882, 883, 884 Graduate Graphic Design 32 cr
CFA AR 601 Graduate Typography 4 cr
CFA AR 578 Thesis Preparation 2 cr
CFA AR 579 Thesis Development 2 cr
CFA AR 580 History of Graphic Design 4 cr
General or Graphic Design electives 16 cr
Total: 60 cr