The MFA in Communications Design program strives to prepare individuals to be confident and mature independent designers who will contribute to the expansion of the field; are skilled in the effective and appropriate use of technology; become leaders in the communications design profession; and are innovators in design pedagogy, research, and publication.
Our MFA program prepares individuals to passionately pursue culturally relevant and socially impactful design. Our distinctive program emphasizes design as a means for communicating meaningful messages, organizing complex information, and creating compelling user experiences and affecting social change.
We believe that the most intriguing and successful designers are cultural innovators who use media to inform, persuade, and entertain. Our graduates develop voices as authors and entrepreneurs engaged in identifying and solving design problems within a cross-disciplinary framework. We approach design as an agent of change —a strategy for transforming the behaviors of individuals in desirable and sustainable ways.
The program provides a foundation for both professional practice and academic careers while emphasizing design research and full-time studio practice. Graduates enter the professional world with a confident design voice and an outstanding body of work and are prepared to become innovative leaders in print and digital media, typography, identity systems and branding, design strategy, social media, and interaction design, motion design, environmental design, data visualization, information design, and user experience design.
The MFA in Communications Design is a full-time program, requiring a minimum of 60 credits completed within two years of study. The students we enroll typically hold undergraduate degrees in graphic design or related design fields, such as industrial and interior design, architecture, fine arts, and media arts. We also welcome applicants from non-design fields including communications and journalism, business, liberal arts, and the sciences.