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Graphic Design MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Design with a concentration in visual communications

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graphic design students setting up exhibit

About the Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Design with a concentration in visual communications prepares graduate students to assume a leadership role in a complex and expanding profession. To this end, the program develops the philosophy and personal direction of each student and focuses your resources on functional and expressive visual communications. You will concentrate on the philosophical, communicative, and aesthetic relationships of visual problem-solving and interacting skills leading to the effective articulation of concepts.

The program is oriented toward individuals interested in conducting visual or theoretical research, and in investigating the intersection of function and expression in design problem-solving. The faculty emphasizes a rigorous theoretical framework, a historical perspective, and an awareness of contemporary issues as the basis for addressing present and future communication problems.

The program encourages and actively integrates ethical issues and a concern for the natural environment into its curriculum. Faculty continually stress the contextual significance and influence of visual communications design on society and culture and its capacity to affect both the perception and reality of the individual’s quality of life.

graphic design classroom