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Graphic Design (MFA)

M.F.A. graphic students at MICA are encouraged to view themselves as cultural producers, "practical visionaries," and "utopian entrepreneurs" who actively initiate projects.

Graphic design is an interdisciplinary, cross-media field that is rooted in the fine arts. The program provides students and qualified designers with skills and knowledge to successfully compete nationally and internationally and to contribute to the public discourse of design.

Program Overview

MICA's M.F.A. in Graphic Design serves as an advanced lab for interdisciplinary research and exploration within the context of one of the nation's top art colleges. The 60-hour curriculum engages students in a mix of critical seminars, guided studio courses, and independent work. Students can take advantage of electives in many MICA departments, including video, printmaking, and digital media.

As graphic design extends its reach into new media and new environments, designers are confronted with exciting intellectual and technological challenges. MICA's two-year M.F.A. program provides a setting in which to develop critical ideas about the history, future, and social uses of visual communication.

Who Should Apply

This program is appropriate for students who wish to contribute to the public discourse of design and visual communication by engaging in cultural, social, technological, and aesthetic issues that are transforming today's media and information industries. Selected from an international pool of applicants, students include experienced designers seeking to reinvigorate their careers, and professionals and advanced students from such related disciplines as digital media, photography, journalism, and the fine arts. 

Tall coffee can with geometric black and white pattern. The same pattern is on the surface against which the can is photographed.
Tall coffee can with geometric black and white pattern. The same pattern is on the surface against which the can is photographed.
Tall coffee can with geometric black and white pattern. The same pattern is on the surface against which the can is photographed.
Cut out mask of an African-American man's face.
Tall coffee can with geometric black and white pattern. The same pattern is on the surface against which the can is photographed.

Hypno Coffee

Graphic Design M.F.A.

Artist
Chae (Jason) Seungkwan
Date
2017
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist. 

Museum of Regret

Graphic Design M.F.A.

Artist
Shrenik Ganatra
Date
2016
Credit

Video courtesy of the artist.

Parade

Graphic Design M.F.A.

Artist
Hayelin Choi
Date
2017
Credit

Video courtesy of the artist.  

Cut out mask of an African-American man's face.

Don't Be Angry

Graphic Design M.F.A.

Artist
Stefon Kelly
Date
2018
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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Featured Course

Advanced Publication Design

In this portfolio-oriented course, graduate students will work on publication design projects involving complex typographic systems, hierarchies, formats, and sequences. The course will encourage students to expand and demonstrate their typographic vocabularies.

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