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Communications Design, MFA

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Type
Graduate, MFA
Department
Graduate Communications Design
School
School of Design

More than ever, designers are asked to extend the boundaries of their field, engage in collaborative and multidisciplinary processes, and devise informed responses to urgent issues. At Pratt, you’ll harness the inventive potential of making to create transformative and sustainable design tools and strategies, and thrive within a variety of professional contexts.

Overview

The MFA in Communications Design sits at the intersection of visual language, cultural criticism, and media studies. It prepares creatives to be confident, independent practitioners who are strategic users of technology, innovative researchers, writers, and pedagogues, and ultimately who become leaders in the communication design professions. Our students attain an 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.

In our program, we understand Design as the myriad ways we create meaningful communications making complex information accessible, producing compelling experiences, and enacting social change. We support students by exploring many of these possibilities to find a disciplinary space in which to excel and find deep satisfaction. During the program the students accomplish versatility and expert capabilities with communications tools and strategies across numerous technologies, demonstrated through critical responses that understand design as collective action that address socio-economical and environmental issues.

We believe designers are cultural actors who use their expertise to inform, persuade, and entertain in order to create the world they imagine. In our classes, students 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.

Our students develop their voices as both designers and authors by creating and engaging design challenges within the program’s cross-disciplinary framework. Students approach design as a process of learning, a communal experience, and a process to enact change. Our program integrates 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.

This program lays the foundation for both professional practice and academic careers. Graduates enter the professional world with advanced critical skills and an articulate body of work, prepared to work in print and digital media, typography, identity systems and branding, design strategy, social media, 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. We welcome students with previous experience in design and adjacent disciplines, but also professionals from different backgrounds. Please see application guidelines in the “Apply to Pratt” section. 

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  •  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.
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