The School of Visual Arts offers an intensive program in Graphic Design leading to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. This conceptually based two-year course of study consists of regular critiques by a faculty of practicing professionals as well as professional training in advanced design technology. Research and discussion involves 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 be fully informed of contemporary developments in the graphic design field. The program provides an intimate learning experience within the stimulating environment of a major university in a culturally rich city.
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Critiques, research, and discussion form the basis of the Graphic Design curriculum. Lectures by distinguished designers of national and international reputation, special seminars, and direct links with industry further enhance the curriculum. Projects may include website design, product concept and corporate identity development, and the creation and design of publications. The final year of study is devoted primarily to the student thesis, which is expected to make an original contribution to the graphic design profession. The completed thesis is presented at the annual spring exhibition held in the Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery.
Two-Year Outline of Study
|Graduate Graphic Design: 32 cr|
|Directed Study: Graphic Design: 4 cr|
|Thesis Preparation: 4 cr|
|Thesis Development: 4 cr|
|History of Graphic Design: 4 cr|
|General or Graphic Design electives: 12 cr|
|Total: 60 cr|
Faculty and Facilities
Studio classes are limited in enrollment to ensure a high level of student-to-faculty contact. There is a fully staffed and equipped Macintosh Computer Lab with the latest versions of design software and large-scale color printing facilities. Although graphic design students have full access to the computer lab, it is strongly suggested that they have their own laptop computers for work outside the classroom. In addition to the computer lab, there are also darkrooms and letter press facilities available.
Address and Contact Information
Boston University School of Visual Arts 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 552, Boston, MA 02215; firstname.lastname@example.org; (617) 353-3371.