Graphic Design

Art – Graphic Design, M.F.A.

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
  • Application to The University of Memphis Graduate School


  • Graphic design portfolio of 20—30 images in digital format included on a CD or DVD.
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Statement of intent
  • Send materials to:

The University of Memphis
200 Art & Communication Building
Attention: Cheryl Diggs
Memphis, TN 38152


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