All required application materials are due by January 15, 2021. Applicants will receive an admissions decision in writing by March 16, 2021.
Applicants must have a diploma from a four-year professional school or a BFA, BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Design applicants do not necessarily need to have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design/communications art to be eligible.
The applicant’s portfolio must demonstrate proficiency in typography. This usually translates into either three years of undergraduate design education or one to two years of professional design experience. Applicants who do not meet these criteria are advised to take appropriate continuing education classes before applying.
Increasingly, designers are called upon to use video and motion graphics to communicate. Combining sound, motion, compelling visuals and rich storytelling are the means to connect emotionally with our audience.
We are a Macintosh-based studio and do not support any other platforms. The program requires all enrolled students to provide their own computer running Mac OSX and Adobe software during their studies.
Because of the nature of our program, we do not allow visitors to sit in on a class. It’s been found disruptive to faculty or students.
We receive more than 300 applications and accept 20 students per year.
Our ideal candidate will have experience working in the design industry. The primary tools used there, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are also the ones most useful in your coursework in the program. For our video work we use Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Yes, MFA Design is a STEM program. It became a STEM program in spring 2021. Our CIP code is 11.0801 and our listing in SEVIS is Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.
Our faculty members are professionals and have their own businesses. They do not have offices on campus. Due to their busy schedules faculty members cannot meet with applicants.
If you are a designer, you should know about design culture and practice past and present. We urge you to attend lectures and exhibitions. Read books, blogs and magazines on the history and theory of design.
If you don’t know type, you are not a designer. It is essential! Type is the language of graphic design. While this program emphasizes media and form other than printed, ink on paper, the common denominator for all is typographic fluency. For this you must be type literate – know your typeface names and styles; practice good typography and make certain you’re adept with type and image.
Remember you are applying to a design program. Your portfolio should reflect your ability and talent for design. Typography is crucial. Type doesn’t mean just print work. Motion graphics, type with photography and relevant video should also be included.
Applicants must submit their portfolio (still images and/or videos) through SlideRoom. To access the portal and find out more information, please visit slideroom.com. SlideRoom will allow you to create an inventory of works with the following information for each file: title, date, medium, dimensions or running time, and optional notes.
Please submit no more than 20 images for your SlideRoom portfolio. These images should be: .jpg or .png format, not to exceed 5mb each in file size 1920 x 1080 pixels at a resolution of 150 dpi or higher. Application portfolios will be reviewed by our committee on a high definition screen. You will be learning and working with video in this program. Please list any videos as a vimeo.com link in the provided form in your SlideRoom account.
Multiple page PDFs, CDs, DVDs , slides or prints will not be accepted.