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Overview

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Graphic design is an interdisciplinary, cross-media field that is rooted in the fine arts. Design is a public form of art that engages commercial, political, social, technological, and cultural systems. MFA students are encouraged to view themselves as cultural producers who actively initiate projects. The program provides advanced students and qualified designers with skills and knowledge to successfully compete nationally and internationally and to contribute to the public discourse of design.

MICA's MFA 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 MFA in graphic design offers an invaluable opportunity for advanced students and working designers to extend and refresh their work Ð technically, critically, and creatively. The two-year program provides a setting in which to develop critical ideas about the history, future, and social uses of visual communication.

Each semester, students work together in a six-hour studio with the program's lead faculty. The studio addresses real-world issues and projects in a practical and direct yet critical and open-minded way. Designers are encouraged to be "practical visionaries" and "utopian entrepreneurs." In the second year, the core studio provides a setting for developing a major thesis project. In addition to the core studio, each semester, students take a special seminar in graphic design, one humanities course, and an advanced studio elective drawn from across the college's graduate and under-graduate offerings.

Full-time faculty, artists-in-residence, and visiting faculty provide challenging perspectives. Students are expected to create work that is professional both in its execution and its real-world application. Whether the work at hand involves publications, websites, products, or exhibitions, students focus on advancing a personal vision and public message.

Such interdisciplinary work is reinforced by the program's location in MICA's Brown Center. The presence of other media-oriented programs in the Brown Center - including video, animation, and interaction design and art Ð encourage collaborative, cross-disciplinary exploration, as well as mastery of the emerging media that are at the core of professional practice in graphic design.

Students in the graphic design MFA program seek to contribute substantial new projects and ideas to the field of visual communication. They are engaging in the cultural, social, technological, and aesthetic issues that are transforming today's media and information industries. The 60-credit MFA program is designated to be completed during two years of full-time study, 15 credits per semester. Professional internships can be used for studio elective credit.