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.

Although graphic design students have full access to the computer lab in the College of Fine Arts, each student is required to own a personal laptop computer for work outside of the School.

Graphic Design Curriculum

Graduate Graphic Design (CFA AR 881, 882, 883, 884) 32 cr
Directed Study: Graphic Design 4 cr
Thesis Preparation (CFA AR 578) 4 cr
Thesis Development (CFA AR 579) 4 cr
History of Graphic Design (CFA AR 580) 4 cr
General or Graphic Design Electives 12 cr
Total: 60 cr