Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program is a 2 to 3-year graduate program that examines design methodologies, design media and visual communication. Students can examine the role of graphic design in contemporary society and investigates original visual expression. An advanced degree in graphic design can prepare students for supervisory and academic roles as well.

Course Topics

In graphic design programs, students require to present a portfolio of design projects at the end of each course. In addition to courses and seminars, students must complete a master’s thesis. Some topics graduate students might explore include:

  • Ad Design
  • Animation (Motion Graphics)
  • Business Management
  • Calligraphy and Lettering
  • Cartooning
  • Color Theory
  • Computer and Digital Graphics
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Drawing and Sketching
  • Graphic Photography
  • Illustration
  • Printing and Publication Design
  • Printmaking
  • Proofing
  • Signage
  • Silk-screening
  • Typography

Learning outcomes

 Graphic design MFA students after completing 2 to 3 year program should be able to acquire following skills and abilities:

  • clear and cohesive solutions to design problems in a variety of media
  • Effective use of color in their portfolio work
  • Understanding of visual forms and their aesthetic functions
  • Conduct necessary research to solve design problems
  • Ability to apply critical and analytical skills to design.
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, technologies, and processes sufficient to work from concept to finished product.

Career Options

Graphic design graduates should have the technical expertise to qualify for advanced-level positions within design and publishing firms. Graphic designers often work in fields such as journalism and publishing, shaping the design and appearance of magazines, newspapers and websites. Graphic design career options for graduates may include:

  • Creative / Art Director
  • Layout Artist
  • Brand Identity Design
  • Logo Designer
  • Flash Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Photo Editing / Photoshop Artist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Photographer
  • Prepress Technician
  • Web Designer.