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Overview for the M.A. in Graphic Design

MICA's M.A. in Graphic Design (MAGD) program offers students an intensive immersion in graphic design. Tailored for individuals who seek a cohort of dedicated peers in a challenging and supportive environment, the full-time program prepares students for advancing their careers and/or for applying to competitive MFA programs at MICA and other colleges and universities.

The program provides in-depth study of the language and practice of graphic design. Our students are professionals and graduates from complementary fields, including liberal arts, fine arts, architecture, media studies and journalism as well as those who studied design as undergraduates yet desire a more comprehensive and rigorous education in the theory and concepts of graphic design.

The MAGD Studio provides an intensive introduction to design, taught with a strong emphasis on design fundamentals, process, visual research, and working across media. The Design Theory and Practice seminar builds students' knowledge of design history, discourse and professional methodologies. The MAGD Workshop focuses on creating complex, well-crafted design projects and curating a portfolio. In the spring, MAGD students create and exhibit a self-directed design project and a professional portfolio. Students meet weekly with faculty for individual and group instruction and critiques. Students are encouraged to participate in the larger graduate and undergraduate design culture at MICA through elective coursework and visiting artist and designer lectures.

The program director has a strong background in education and professional work, and teaches the MAGD Studio as well as other graduate and undergraduate courses. The program director advises students on applying to MFA programs, professional development and course registration

This page was last updated on 07/07/2017.