Mission Statement

Our M.F.A. in Communications Design and M.S. in Packaging, Identities and Systems Design degrees emphasize hands-on studio practice, providing students the opportunity to develop creative skills, critical thinking and a unique design voice necessary for innovation and leadership in the profession

Image: Basik by Saana Hellsten, Package Design, 2014

Learning Outcomes 


MFA Communications Design

  1. Apply socio-ecologically sustainable processes and research to design transformative strategies for communication and interactions between people and communities that promote a diverse, equitable and just society.

  2. Integrate situated knowledge and perspectives with histories, principles, and practices of communications design to support the creation of speculative artifacts, modes of representation, platforms and systems serving intersectional identities and abilities.

  3. Attain interdisciplinary knowledge that supports critical discourse and the development of a significant body of work characterized by experimentation, creativity, and resiliency and include non-dominant ways of knowing, thinking, and doing. 

  4. Accomplish versatility and expert capabilities with communications tools and strategies across numerous technologies, demonstrated through critical responses that recognize design as collective action that address socio-economical and environmental issues. 

MS Packaging, Identities and Systems Design

  1. Apply contemporary design processes, methods, tools, and technologies toward sustainable solutions that address social and environmental concerns, and build capacity to adapt and augment these skills throughout their lives.

  2. Achieve competency in exploring and expressing inclusive and universally accessible design solutions across two, three, and four dimensions by continuously evaluating the impact of design decisions on local and global resources and communities.

  3. Gain the capability to research, identify and ethically incorporate current sustainability practices in material use, distribution, life cycles, earth ecologies, and social practices.

  4. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of a wide range of design theories and histories within their socio-economic context, and direct that expertise toward both applied and theoretical frameworks.

  5. Develop humility, social sensitivity, and cross-cultural competency to provide strategic leadership that takes into consideration a plurality of perspectives within a multidisciplinary professional or academic environment.

The application deadline for the M.F.A. in Communications Design and M.S. in Packaging, Identities and Systems Design programs is can be found on our admissions page

View the departmental requirements for application.