Graphic Design

The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is one of the nation’s first low-residency programs in graphic design that is built around a student’s individual interests and goals.

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The MFA in Graphic Design is an immersive two-year graduate program that synthesizes five intense, one-week residencies with four six-month semesters of independent study with a range of faculty mentors.  We educate students towards the broader context of design in order to investigate and reveal relationships. We see Graphic Design as a social tool and design education as a process of social transformation.

Our innovative, highly effective pedagogical model has its roots in the progressive educational philosophies of John Dewey.  Our student-centered approach allows students to develop individualized study plans, addressing design issues that support their particular interests, values, and goals.

MFA students in our Graphic Design program will develop skills in form, content and craft, deepen and expand critical ability, build fluency in contemporary design discourse, and expand their ability to drive content with their work.  

Graduates emerge with new research methods, critical acumen, and a body of design work that is personal and relevant; one which enhances their professional and academic path.  They will have learned to continuously rethink design by considering cultural context, relationships between designers and their work, and the nature of education within design.


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MFA in Graphic Design Fall Residency

During the weeklong residency, students attend lectures, critiques, workshops, exhibitions, and discussions, all the while surrounded by a community of designers dedicated to rigorous inquiry and bold exploration of the discipline.

New Primitive Swiss Design: Visions of Exoticism: Public Lecture

Join us for a public graphic design lecture with David Schatz and Sereina Rothenberger, designers based in Zurich, Switzerland, for an exploration of finding your visual language.

100 Years of Title Design: Ian Albinson

Ian Albinson, Motion Graphics expert based in Vermont, explores the vast field of title sequences in film, television, video games, conferences, and more.

Public Graphic Design Lecture: "Friendly with the Unknown"

Join Designer and Critic Gail Swanlund from CalArts for her discussion of finding generative strategies for working creatively as a designer.


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Teaching Students to Teach Themselves

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Join Us at Our Fall Open House to Find Out More About the MFA in Graphic Design Program!

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Jennifer Renko

Program Director & Admissions