FAQ

ADMISSIONS

APPLICATION DEADLINE

All required application materials are due by January 15, 2019. Applicants will receive an admissions decision in writing by April 1, 2019.

ELIGIBILITY

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 degree in graphic design/communications art to be eligible.

Applicant’s portfolio must demonstrate a 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.

CATALOG + APPLICATION

To download a graduate catalog and learn more about application requirements, visit SVA Graduate admissions.

Applications for our program are done entirely online, Apply to MFA Design now.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Can I bring my PC instead of a Mac?

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.

Can I sit in a class?

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.

How many applications does the program receive?

We receive more than 300 applications and accept 20 students per year.

What programs should I know?

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. 

Can I schedule a tour?

We offer weekly tours on Friday mornings. Come for a personalized meeting with MFA Design staff and visit the design studio where students work. Please contact [email protected] to schedule an appointment or register here.

Can I talk to faculty?

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.

How well versed should I be with design and design culture?

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.

How important is type?

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 you’re typeface names and style; practice good typography and make certain you’re adept with type and image.

PORTFOLIO

What should I put in my portfolio?

Remember you are applying to a design program. Your portfolio should reflect your ability and talent for design. Typography is crucial.

How should I submit my portfolio?

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 20 images for your SlideRoom portfolio. These images should be: .jpg 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. Optional: If you would like to include examples of video work, please list your vimeo.com links in the provided form in your SlideRoom account. Multiple page PDFs will not be accepted.