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MFA in Graphic Design Curriculum 2012-13

Requirements for the MFA in Graphic Design: First Semester
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Graphic Design Studio I GD 5500 6
Studio Electives 6
Graduate Liberal Arts Seminar 3
Requirements for the MFA in Graphic Design: Second Semester
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Graphic Design Studio II GD 5500 6
Studio Electives 6
Graduate Liberal Arts Seminar 3
Requirements for the MFA in Graphic Design: Third Semester
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Graphic Design Studio III GD 5500 6
Studio Electives 6
Graduate Liberal Arts Seminar 3
Requirements for the MFA in Graphic Design: Fourth Semester
Course TitleCourse #Credits
Graphic Design Studio IV GD 5500 6
Studio Electives 6
Graduate Liberal Arts Seminar 3

Total Credits for the MFA in Graphic Design: 60

Course Descriptions

Graphic Design Studio I-IV

GD 5500, 5550, 6500, 6550

6 credits each semester

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Lupton and Phillips. Offered fall and spring. Participants in this hands-on studio confront specific design problems, working both individually and in teams. The course, which meets for five hours every Monday, combines first- and second-year students. Group discussions and critiques are balanced with individual meetings with faculty and visits with guest artists. Second-year students produce an independent thesis project as well as participating in shared studio projects. Students begin defining a thesis project at the close of the first year.

Design Language Studio

GD 5562

3 credits

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Visiting Faculty. Offered Spring. In this course, taught by a variety of visiting artists, who apply independent viewpoints to studio projects, students work in a critical, experimental mode.

Motion Graphics II

GD 5568

3 credits

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Offered occasionally. Focuses on time-based design elements of space, pacing, and motion as they relate to graphic communication. Projects will push the boundaries of emerging media environments and could explore designer-controlled narrative, haptic interaction, sound, or user interaction.

Design Studio Thesis

GD 6600

3 credits

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Lupton and Phillips. Offered fall and spring In the second year, students create a substantial independent project. The thesis can be experimental, entrepreneurial, or practical. It can be executed in any medium, including print, video, animation, writing/publishing, Web, or installation.