Top Masters Programs in Graphic Design

There are 18 schools offering graduate degrees in Graphic Design. Art Center College of Design had highest number of international students receiving a Master's degree. Maryland Institute College of Art had the most women graduates in this program.

Tufts University logo
Ranked as:  #32 in Best National University
Tuition:  $55,168 per year
Total Cost:  $110,336 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Massachusetts
Acceptance:  16.3%

Spend a week diving into Adobe Creative Cloud software tools, hearing from professional graphic designers, and exploring the intersection of liberal arts and art education.

In today heavily digital world, career opportunities related to graphic design are endless. Join SMFA at Tufts for a crash course in design, culminating with finished pieces of work after a week of immersive exploration in the field.

Engage in a unique interdisciplinary approach to graphic design combining liberal arts disciplines with art and design.

Get a taste of an online college course and make lifelong friends from around the world.

Understanding of graphic design as a career path.

˅ More Details

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  555
  • Teaching Assistantships:  427
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
Boston University logo
Ranked as:  #41 in Best National University
Tuition:  $57,666 per year
Total Cost:  $115,332 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Massachusetts
Acceptance:  20.09%

CFAProgramsSchool of Visual ArtsGraphic DesignMFA in Graphic Design.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design provides a sequenced studio approach to advanced design thinking and problem solving for visual communication, preparing students to thrive in a dynamic professional environment.

Students are challenged to articulate a design perspective and method through studio projects emphasizing form and communication, authorship, audience, and medium.

Graphic Design History and Graphic Design Theory seminars offer a conceptual framework for creative exploration and present opportunities for examining greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within the discipline.

Electives complement the core studio and seminar classes, allowing students to specialize in particular areas of interest. The dynamic model offers the flexibility needed for students to shape their individual experiences according to their professional and academic goals.

Students in the MFA in Graphic Design program are expected to:.

Advance their graphic design process and master key design principles through programmatic studio work and discourse.

Use this design process to shape content applicable to multiple myriad mediums and targeted audiences.

Articulate a unique point of view and method informed by a study of design history and theory, and an engagement in contemporary practice and discourse.

Professionally develop through a measurable degree of advancement in creative work, research, writing, publication, and distribution.

Participate in the expansion, disruption, and revision of discourse and practice to represent people, cultures, and aesthetics historically excluded from Eurocentric narratives art and design.

Graphic Design requires completion of 60 credits in continuous, sequential semesters and generally takes two years to complete. Students may only enter in September.

The College of Fine Arts Policies for Graduate Students apply to this program.

CFA AR 881, 882, 883, 884 Graduate Graphic Design (taken in sequence each semester).

CFA AR 601 Graduate Typography (fall only, taken first year).

CFA AR 594 Graphic Design Theory I (spring only, taken first year).

CFA AR 596 Graphic Design Theory II (fall only, taken second year).

Note that this information may change at any time. Read the full terms of use.

˅ More Details

University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  1454
  • Teaching Assistantships:  1303
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
Temple University logo
Ranked as:  #121 in Best National University
Tuition:  $24,236 per year
Total Cost:  $48,472 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Pennsylvania
Acceptance:  71.42%

Graduate Design: Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Level course focuses on topics in design not covered in the regular course offerings. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Environmental Design and Signage, Type Design, Promotion Design, etc. Classroom instruction and assignments will include projects appropriate to the specific topic being offered. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Fine Arts.College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Graduate Design: Design Workshop. 3 Credit Hours.

Students work on projects for the Tyler Design Incubator. This includes project development and management, research on topics specific to entrepreneurial design practice, and assigned tasks for Incubator activities and events. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Hybrid Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Students work on large assignments that have components in both print and interactive media. Instruction in the advanced use of software applications for print and or interactive media is a significant part of the course. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Art Direction. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on concept development with an emphasis on image making and image editing in a variety of forms including book publishing, advertising and signage. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Packaging. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on package design for a variety of products. Students work with concept, surface design, typography, materials and the physical construction of three-dimensional forms. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Publishing. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Corporate. 3 Credit Hours.

In this course students develop two large scale identities that include logo design, stationery and collateral materials in a variety of forms that can include booklets, brochures, posters, advertising, signage and or packaging. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Interactive. 3 Credit Hours.

This project will involve in-depth exploration of interface design, navigation, audio, digital animation and organization of information. Includes instruction in intermediate through advanced programming skills and the use of video composition. A strong grasp of the fundamentals of interactive design is required. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Authorship. 3 Credit Hours.

This course encourages students to express perceptions and positions on current issues and events through large-scale projects. Parameters of assignments are generated by individual approaches, challenging each student to engage in decision making to develop unique content and form. The work from this class expands the boundaries of the design discipline beyond traditional client-based practice. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Design: Design for the Public Good. 3 Credit Hours.

Students work on a wide variety of projects for arts and educational groups, social welfare and environmental organizations, and other clients in the nonprofit sector. Students will be responsible for production preparation and supervision for course projects which could include identities, brochures, posters, invitations, and advertising campaigns. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Design: Typography. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will focus on typography as a medium for both verbal and visual communication. The class will explore basic principles of typography, working with type from its most elementary form the letter to complex typography involving words and images in multiple pages micro to macro. Among the topics we'll be exploring will be the structure of letterforms, letter spacing and word spacing. We'll also look at contrast, texture, legibility, and typographic hierarchies. We'll also discuss the development of typographic concepts, and typographic history. You'll be encouraged to use typographic forms as both abstract and expressive components of visual communication. The class will consist of a combination of critiques, in-class assignments, workdays, lectures, and exercises. You'll also have quizzes and a type test based on a required text and lectures. It a lot to cover, but by the end of this semester, you'll be well on your way to a much deeper appreciation for typography, and its importance to us in the practice of graphic design.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Fine Arts.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Graduate Level course focuses on advanced applications of typography in design. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

This course focuses on design for web and motion graphics. A good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (Mac Platform) is necessary. Flash and After Effects will be explored from basic to intermediate levels. While staying current with the latest technologies, the emphasis will be on design for communication through interactive media. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Level course focuses on design for web and motion graphics. A good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (Mac Platform) is necessary. Flash and After Effects will be explored from basic to intermediate levels. While staying current with the latest technologies, the emphasis will be on design for communication through interactive media. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Level course focuses on the creation of a short digital animation movie based on a supplied narrative. Strong conceptual and technical skills as well as a solid grasp of typography will be necessary for this course. Students will learn one vector based and one video based application to create this design. This course is not cell based animation. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of the ActionScript language. Graduate students will need to keep a portfolio of work that is annotated, summarizing their learning and how they expect it to be applied in future courses. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

Graduate Level Course offers instruction in the design and content of materials needed by fine artist in professional practice. This course will cover a number of topics including resume content and design, stationery packages for business communication (cover letters, professional inquiries, etc.), presentation formats for print and web. NOTE: Open to all studio majors to include: GAD, PDS, Crafts, Art Art Education.

Introduction to Web Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Level course instructs students in the fundamentals of interactive design with a focus on the use of interactive software, layout, typography, hierarchy and organization. Basic working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator required (MAC platform). Students will be tested for basic competency in these programs on the first day of class.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

This course is an introduction to data visualization and infographic design. It explores the history of data visualization and infographic design, from cave paintings to contemporary design, covering static, animated and interactive solutions. Lectures on visual literacy and graphic design foundations will help the students develop the vocabulary necessary to critically analyze contemporary infographics. Students receive basic instruction in the creation of infographics and develop their own infographic utilizing supplied data. This course will include readings from Edward Tufte The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and other texts. Tutorials in Excel and Illustrator may also be used for outside software instruction.

Graduate Design: Business of Design. 3 Credit Hours.

The focus of this course is to understand professional business practices within the design industry. This course will cover a number of topics, including: business models, business writing, presentation, and communications, design thinking, strategy, pricing, contracts, client project management, etc.

Graduate Design: Graphic Design Theory. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will introduce students to contemporary design theories and discourse. It will examine the theoretical aspects of artifacts through their making, reading and dissemination. Graphic design and visual communication theories will be compared to those in literature and architecture. Students will use discussion, writing, presentations and design to investigate contemporary design issues. Emphasis will be placed on forming and articulating an individual point-of-view (POV) in discussion and writing. Based on the semester-long discussion how we visually communicate, all students will draw a revised diagram of the Communication Model developed by Meredith Davis in 2012. Graduate students will also write a 1000-word reflection on the factors that have influenced this eight-year evolution.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art Architecture, Tyler School.

Graduate Design: Illustration. 3 Credit Hours.

Assignments focus on image-making for communication. Strong concepts, the development of a personal visual approach or style and professional process will be the focus of this course. NOTE: This course is open to Graphic and Interactive Design MFA students only.

The proposal must relate to authorship and or entrepreneurship and have the breadth and depth of a semester long graduate project.

Visual Design Graduate Seminar. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate projects in graphic design authorship. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Visual Design Graduate Seminar II. 3 Credit Hours.

Graphic Design Graduate Projects. 3 Credit Hours.

Graphic Design Graduate Projects II. 3 Credit Hours.

Visual Design Thesis. 3 Credit Hours.

Thesis project representing comprehensive original research in an area of specific interest for the degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Visual Design Thesis II. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Seminar in Printmaking. 3 Credit Hours.

Philosophy and theory of contemporary printmaking practices. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Graduate Seminar in Printmaking II. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Projects in Printmaking. 3 to 12 Credit Hours.

Individual conferences and group seminars. Emphasis on diversity of command in several printmaking media. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Graduate Projects in Printmaking II. 3 to 12 Credit Hours.

Collaborative Design Workshop in Rome. 3 Credit Hours.

The six week course is geared toward design students interested in immersing themselves in the culture of Italy and producing, by the end of the workshop, a printed project design, art, and culture in Rome. Students will have a choice of topics to research, design, and produce. Among the many topics that students could focus on are Roman decorative arts, cuisine, theatre, architecture, fashion, music, and film. Students will also be encouraged to study how the Italian design aesthetic and philosophy might be applied to their own work. An integral part of this project will be both digital and traditional image making. Students will photograph and or illustrate an article that will be incorporated into the final collaboratively produced printed piece. Note: Open to majors in the following disciplines Graphic and Interactive Design, Photography, Illustration, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Journalism, Advertising.

The emphasis of this course will be on creating a professional digital portfolio. Throughout the semester, students will learn a series of multimedia software applications and develop interactive presentations that will promote themselves as artists with contemporary and professional portfolios. Note: The course is limited to seniors and graduate students.

Graduate Seminar in Photography. 3 Credit Hours.

A seminar emphasizing individual research and group discussion of contemporary issues in photography. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Graduate Seminar in Photography II. 3 Credit Hours.

We live in an extraordinary moment in the history of photography, a moment much hoped for and anticipated by many champions of the medium. Finally one can say without qualification that photography is a medium fully embraced by the contemporary art world. While there has always been a movement to look at and discuss photography as art, photography has never played a central, critical and vital role in contemporary art then it does now. This course will look at both the role that photography plays in contemporary art and the role that contemporary art plays in photography. By surveying contemporary trends in photography, students in this class will develop an understanding of what exactly photography is now. At the same time the class will attempt to answer questions what it means to be contemporary, what the relationship between the contemporary and the historical is, and why this might be important. Through these problems students will be encouraged to develop personal work that addresses themes and ideas discussed in the class. Note: Open to Junior Seniors. Special authorization required for non-majors.

Graduate Photo Process Workshop. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Photo Workshop: Digital Photography. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Advanced Photo Workshop. 3 Credit Hours.

Graduate Projects in Photography I. 1 to 12 Credit Hour.

Individual conferences and group seminars. Emphasis on mastery of conceptual and technical practices with lens-based media.

Graduate Projects in Photography II. 1 to 12 Credit Hour.

At the core of any commercial or fine art photographer practice is an in-depth understanding of lighting. Light is the fundamental element that makes a photograph possible, and every successful photographer control over light is the key to their success. This course will not only focus on allowing you to gain a thorough understanding of artificial lighting techniques, but also approach natural light situations better, and beyond that, to an understanding of how the two work in conjunction. You will also learn lighting techniques with digital and medium formats, as well as develop an understanding regarding the differences between digital capture and negative film. In addition this course will cover advanced exposure control, lighting on location, and product lighting. Note: This course is repeatable for credit.

Design Workshop in Japan. 3 Credit Hours.

The six week course is geared toward graphic design students interested in immersing themselves in the culture of Japan and producing a design project this experience. Students will have a choice of projects to design and produce. They will be encouraged to study how Japanese design aesthetic and philosophies might be applied to their own work. Note: A basic knowledge of design industry-standard print software is required for this course.

˅ More Details

Graphic Arts and Design Temple University

  • GRE Required:  Yes
  • Research Assistantships:  373
  • Teaching Assistantships:  719
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
we can find best-fit college

364 universities offer the Master's program in Graphic Design.

Which one best suits your need?

Please select a program.
Select a program:
Please choose a course.
Please choose a specialization.
Please choose an option.
Have you taken the GRE?
GRE quantitative field is required. (Minimum: 80 | Maximum: 170)
GRE Verbal field is required. (Minimum: 80 | Maximum: 170)
GRE AWA field is required. (Minimum: 0 | Maximum: 6)
Please choose a type of university.
Type of University:
Education level completed:
Please choose a price interval.
$5000 $80000
Tuition sorting:
Please provide a First Name.
Please provide a Last Name.
Please provide a name.
Please provide your address.
Please, enter valid email address.
Please, enter valid phone.
Please, enter valid phone.
logo
Ranked as:  #29 in Best Regional University in South Coast
Tuition:  $12,322 per year
Total Cost:  $24,644 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Mississippi
Acceptance:  28.76%

Graphic design includes digital illustration, it also comprises much than that. It is the art of communicating, stylizing and problem-solving through type and image.

Become an integral part of an institution that, since 1826, has a history of commitment to Christian education and of challenging and respected academic standards. Complete your education in the evenings to help balance out your busy schedule of work and family responsibilities.

Our hands-on learning experience prepares you to take your place in one of a variety of graphic design degree careers. You can pursue a wide range of graphic design degree jobs, including the following:.

Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39056 601.925.3000.

˅ More Details

Graphic Design

  • GRE Required:  Register to view the details
  • Research Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Teaching Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
logo
Ranked as:  #40 in Best Regional College in South
Tuition:  $28,362 per year
Total Cost:  $56,724 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Florida
Acceptance:  97.2%

You must be a licensed RN to qualify for entrance into this program.

You need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to qualify for entrance into this program. We offer a BSN program.

You need a Master degree in Nurse Anesthesia to qualify for entrance into this program. Learn our Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice-Entry Into Practice (DNAP) here.

You need an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree for entrance into this program.

You must be a certified licensed Medical Laboratory Technician to apply for this program.

˅ More Details

Arts and Design Keiser University

  • GRE Required:  Register to view the details
  • Research Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Teaching Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
logo
Ranked as:  #80 in Best Regional University in South Coast
Tuition:  $8,349 per year
Total Cost:  $16,698 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Virginia
Acceptance:  50.13%

Earn your Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in a community where evaluation, critique, and open exchange stimulates artistic excellence and innovation.

The MFA in Graphic Design will provide students with the opportunity to build significant skills in the history, research, practice, and discourse of art and design.

The opportunity to earn your MFA in Graphic Design is also available online.

Students are accepted into the MFA program through competitive entry.

Demonstrate a mastery of advanced concepts related to visualization, ideation, and creation of visual imagery using traditional and or digital practices.

˅ More Details

School of Communication the Arts - MFA in Graphic Design

  • GRE Required:  Register to view the details
  • Research Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Teaching Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
logo
Ranked as:  #87 in Best Regional University in North
Tuition:  $30,153 per year
Total Cost:  $60,306 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  Massachusetts
Acceptance:  76.18%

CVPA Visual Design MFA is a 60-credit, 2 to 3-year program of study. The program allows students to explore visual communication in a broad sense. Areas of study include:.

Discover why UMass Dartmouth is the right place to earn an advanced degree or certificate.

The Master of Fine Arts is generally recognized as the highest degree offered in the visual arts. It qualifies the recipient for professional work and positions in higher education within a variety of disciplines. There are also numerous allied career paths, such as curatorial work, arts administration, art direction, and publishing, which benefit from the level of accomplishment the Master of Fine Arts degree entails.

A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change.

Art history: strong emphasis on the methods and theory of design.

Statement of Purpose, minimum 300 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable.

International students: official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies scans not accepted).

Candidates must submit the required application materials, university requirements and program-specific requirements, for consideration.

Portfolio of 20 images representing your artwork, process of thinking, implementation of concepts, and studio production. The portfolio is the equivalent of the entrance examinations which other academic areas often require. portfolio to: SlideRoom.

MyUMassD is our web portal, a central location for email, notifications, services, and COIN: Corsairs Online Information.

˅ More Details

Graphic Design MFA Program

  • GRE Required:  Register to view the details
  • Research Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Teaching Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
logo
Tuition:  $49,090 per year
Total Cost:  $98,180 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  California
Acceptance:  76.09%

The typical length of study for the MFA in Graphic Design is two years: four full terms plus one summer term. Our two-year program consists of four full terms, a summer term reserved for studio-based independent study and an internship.

We offer a three-year program for incoming students who need additional design skills to complete the degree. Once these two terms are completed, students enter the traditional MGx course track.

Graduate Visual Interaction Design 1: Intro to UI OR Graduate Motion Design 1 OR Graduate Packaging Design 1.

Graphic Design Internship OR Studio Independent Study OR Testlab Berlin.

Graduate Visual Interaction Design 1: Intro to UI.

˅ More Details

Graphic Design MFA Course of Study

  • GRE Required:  Register to view the details
  • Research Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Teaching Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
logo
Tuition:  $53,466 per year
Total Cost:  $106,932 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  California
Acceptance:  27.42%

Explore is your first stop if you are considering applying to CalArts. Here you can find information your program(s) of interest, events the Institute is hosting or attending, a virtual campus map, and much . Your journey to CalArts starts here.

Graphic Design has six, year-level BFA and MFA shared studios. Upper-level studios have kitchen spaces and open to outdoor courtyards. Common areas are flexible and function as classrooms, critique spaces, and work spaces for large collaborations. Studios mainly function as designer spaces for work, study, and socializing with friends. Each student has their own desk space with storage, flat files, and access to wi-fi and printers. All studios are available to students around-the-clock seven days a week during the academic year.

˅ More Details

Graphic Design Studio - CalArts School of Art

  • GRE Required:  Register to view the details
  • Research Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Teaching Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details
logo
Tuition:  $49,680 per year
Total Cost:  $99,360 * This tuition data is based on IPEDS. For the latest tuition amount, refer to the respective college websites.
State:  California
Acceptance:  80.32%

We blend design exploration, critical inquiry, and applied projects to examine and better our world.

The coursework engages research, discourse, critical thinking, and iterative processes with the goal of discovering many possible design outcomes. In so doing, the program supports students in taking on the challenges and opportunities in contemporary graphic design practice.

The MFA in Graphic Design program adopts an accelerated curriculum that runs for four consecutive semesters where students complete all required course credits in just fourteen months. This accelerated program serves the needs of working professionals and traditional students seeking to develop a professional practice in the fields of graphic design and technology.

The limited-residency MFA in Graphic Design provides a rigorous and challenging academic and studio environment for candidates interested in enhancing their current professional practice.

Participants select from three individual themes or tracks: social responsibility of the designer in society, typography and type design, or advancing the discipline through theory and innovation. Each track speaks directly to educating conscientious individuals who recognize the value of design and its role in society. Coursework is comprised of research, readings, studio projects (assigned and self-directed), and a final project.

The program is two years and two months running for three consecutive summers with two part-time spring semesters that can be completed on or off-site. Incoming students begin the program at the start of each summer session.

Check out the Graduate Graphic Design Tumblr and follow us!

In 2014, participants included Cox Grusenmeyer, Type Radio, Feixen, Niessen de Vries, Adam Michaels of Project Projects, and LAVA Design. Live stream of public lecture (turn up the volume, and apologies for the shadows of passing heads!).

The program hosts weekly lectures, open to the public, by artists and designers from Los Angeles and beyond. All students are required to attend.

An of the MFA in Graphic Design program 14-month curriculum with course descriptions.

Find out the professional opportunities available to MFA Graphic Design graduates.

Review the detailed requirements for the MFA Graphic Design application.

˅ More Details

MFA in Graphic Design

  • GRE Required:  Register to view the details
  • Research Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Teaching Assistantships:  Register to view the details
  • Financial Aid: Register to view the details

What kind of scholarships are available for Graduate Programs in Graphic Design?

We have 13 scholarships awarding up to $80,853 for Masters program in for Graphic Design, targeting diverse candidates and not restricted to state or school-based programs.

Scholarship nameAmountCredibility
Music Assistantships in the Department of Music at University of Mississippi $5,750
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship$4,000Medium
The Anne van Biema Fellowship$2,500Medium
Madison Chautauqua Scholarship for the Arts in Memory of Bob Fourhman$1,100Medium
Support Creativity Scholarship$1,000High

Find scholarships and financial aid for Graphic Design graduate programs

$500 $20000

How much does it cost to get a Master's in Graphic Design and how to find the most affordable Masters program?

Master's degree in Graphic Design is offered by 363 US universities. The tuition for the Master's degree can range from $14,202 per year at University of Memphis to $54,890 at Rhode Island School of Design.

The tuition at public universities will be lower for in-state students when compared to private universities but you get more financial aid at private universities.

Most affordable Master's program in Graphic Design

What is the GRE score required for admission to Master's degree in Graphic Design?

Gre score requirements differ from school to school. Most colleges do not publish the cutoff scores. For example 364 universities offer Master's programs in Graphic Design.

Tufts University: GRE General Test scores not required for applicants who will have received a degree from a the students.S. or Canadian institution by time of enrollment.

Texas Christian University: In addition, they should submit GRE scores and samples of their scholarly writing, including at least one paper on a topic in music.

Gre score requirements for Master's program in Graphic Design

Are there colleges for the Graphic Design Masters program that do not require GRE/GMAT?

Quite a few accredited universities have waived off the GRE score requirements for admissions to Masters programs. 364 offer Graduate programs in Graphic Design. Below are listed 6 universities that do not require GRE/GMAT for admission to Master's program. For viewing the all the schools that have waived off GRE/GMAT for the admission, use Match Me Masters.

No GRE schools for Masters in Graphic Design

Are there universities offering online Master's in Graphic Design?

Best Online Masters Programs in Graphic Design - Updated 2023 Online Master's in Graphic Design

Are there any one year masters programs in Graphic Design?

2 Universities offer On-campus Masters Program within an One Year - 18 months. The tuition for Master's can range from $28,631 to $34,806.

On-campus Masters 1 year - 18 months in Graphic Design

Is it worth getting a master's degree in Graphic Design?

Before you invest 2-3 years of your life and anywhere between $40,000 - $110,00 of your hard earned money, students do ask as to what is the return on investment on the Master's degree. Here are some of the statistics from bls.gov.

Career Outlook

Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 139,600 openings for postsecondary teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $80,560 in May 2020. Number of Jobs in 2020 was 1,276,900.

Career Opportunities with master's degree in Graphic Design


Job Title 2020 median Pay Number of Jobs Job Outlook What they do
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $80,560 1,276,900 Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 139,600 openings for postsecondary teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a variety of academic subjects beyond the high school level.
Fashion Designers $75,810 27,800 Employment of fashion designers is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030. Despite limited employment growth, about 2,500 openings for fashion designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. Fashion designers create clothing, accessories, and footwear.
Commercial and Industrial Designers $71,640 31,500 Employment of industrial designers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 3,100 openings for industrial designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. Industrial designers combine art, business, and engineering to develop the concepts for manufactured products.
Interior Designers $57,060 87,000 Employment of interior designers is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030. Despite limited employment growth, about 7,800 openings for interior designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. Interior designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items.

How can I compare the Graphic Design Graduate Programs?

Compare the GRE score requirements, admission details, credit requirements and tuition for the Master's Program, from 364 universities offering Graduate School Programs in Graphic Design. Compare Graduate School Programs in Graphic Design

How will you rate the search results?

 0.0 rating, based on 0 reviews

Your review has been sent

Select rating
Your review must be at least 10 characters long
Your review must be not longer than 2000 characters