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Admission Requirements

Graphic Design (MFA)

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.

Who Should Apply

Students in the MFA in Graphic Design are contributing substantial new projects and ideas to the field of visual communication. They are engaging the cultural, social, technological and aesthetic issues that are transforming today's media and information industries.

Selected from an international pool of applicants, designers in MICA's MFA in Graphic Design include experienced designers who are seeking to reinvigorate their careers, as well as professionals and advanced students from related disciplines, such as digital media, photography, journalism and the fine arts. Students work in various media, including print, animation, Web design, product development and environmental design.

Those considering the MFA in Graphic Design may also want to consider the MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media, which also encourages exploration into the history and cultural implication of media, in a fine arts context. Applicants are also encouraged to consider the Graphic Design (MA), a one-year immersion in design principles and practice. The online MPS in Information Visualization specializes offers a different approach to design. 

See Also Programs of Study: MFA in Graphic Design

Application Requirements and Procedures for the MFA in Graphic Design

Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Entrance: January 17, 2018

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1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and submitted online via mica.slideroom.com
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Statement of Purpose / Designer Statement

Applicants should submit a written statement discussing their design background, both professionally and academically, and outlining their interest in graduate study. Applicants should address their work and goals in relation to the broader discourse of design practice, explaining what draws them to advanced study in this field. Applicants with a background in a different discipline should address how their previous experiences have prepared them for advanced design work. Please limit your statement to less than 500 words.

4. Three (3) Letters of Reference

Recommendations are submitted online via mica.slideroom.com.

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Digital transcripts from the last degree-granting institution can be uploaded to SlideRoom. Official transcripts are not required for the initial review process, however the Graduate Review Committee may request additional or official documentation before decision notification. 

6. Portfolio of Artwork

A portfolio of visual work is required from all applicants to the MFA in Graphic Design. This portfolio may consist of professional and/or student design work, or visual work produced in another discipline. A portfolio of writing may also be considered. Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based work for review online via mica.slideroom.com.

Applicants should submit their portfolio materials for review with their application via mica.slideroom.com. Specific technical guidelines addressing the submission of digital images, video files, sound files and text files are available in the SlideRoom system.

7. $75 Application Fee

Payable via credit card during the application submission stage online.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. Additionally, certified translations of all letters of reference, transcripts and school documentation must be provided. For additional information on international applicant requirements, please visit Information for International Graduate Applicants.

This page was last updated on 08/24/2017.