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MFA in Graphic Design

The MFA program in Graphic Design explores critical issues facing the field of contemporary visual communications using design criticism and studio research as a comprehensive platform for investigation. Within the framework of a 60 credit-hour (3 years) degree program, structured coursework is balanced by individual study opportunities. Critical, theoretical and studio research culminates in a visual and written thesis focusing on a specific visual communication problem. Our design program emphasizes leadership in design education and professional practice. Whether preparing for a teaching career or a return to professional practice, our candidates emerge as more insightful and responsible designers.


Application deadline for Fall entrance is February 15.
No Spring Admittance.


  • Baccalaureate degree in graphic design, or equivalent professional experience
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Graphic design portfolio of 20—30 images (digital or traditional 35mm slides)
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Statement of intent
  • Digital formats include a web site, a pdf document, folder of jpgs, gifs, or dvd


Teaching and service assistanships are available to students enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework. Teaching assistantships are not available until 18 credit hours have been successfully completed.

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