Majors & Minors (Undergraduate)

Graphic Design (Major)

Graphic design is one of the most powerful forms of communication.

Design is commercial, social, public, and political. It shapes the meaning and impact of books, magazines, apps, websites, posters, advertisements, games, logos, film titles, and countless other media. Everywhere you look, designers are using words and images to penetrate people's hearts and minds. Our program shapes designers to think conceptually and apply technical skills in all forms of design practice.

We see graphic design as a comprehensive activity of visual problem solving for professional leaders working in branding, UI/UX, packaging, spatial design, publication design, and typeface design, among others. Our graduates bring the ability to think and make critically and to thrive as professional designers.

Program Overview

In MICA's Graphic Design major, you will gain the creative, technical, and intellectual skills to become the design visionary of the future while shaping the form and content of media — from magazines and books to websites and social media applications.

The graphic design curriculum at MICA is built around a three-year sequence of core design courses. Required courses in typography, paired with comprehensive studios, help our students build expertise. Theory, technique and history are tied into every course. A broad palette of electives in specialized areas is offered, for students both inside and outside of the major.

A senior degree project is required, in which students create an independent body of work that expresses their identities and interests. Pre-professional experiences are required for juniors and seniors—providing lessons on career development strategies. These courses draw from the expertise of leading design professionals across the east coast who advise students and support them in their professional development.

Program at a Glance

  • 300 majors
  • 25 faculty from all areas of design practice, all are practitioners
  • 50 classes per semester, including 10–15 electives
  • required courses are general, but areas of specialization are available through electives and thesis projects in: UI / UX design, motion graphics, product design or visual design, package design, font design, branding, advertising, and environmental graphic design

Featured Concentration

Book Arts Studio Concentration

Study the complexities of the book as a material object and conveyor of artistic meaning in MICA's Book Arts Studio Concentration.

Artwork by Alec Cerminaro
Phonetic Typography project by Mark Chan
Odyssey Magazine by Tess Havas

Motion Graphics Experiments

Artist
Iris Lee
Date
2018
Artwork by Alec Cerminaro

Gay is Good

Artist
Alec Cerminaro
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Phonetic Typography project by Mark Chan

Phonetic Typography

Graphic Design B.F.A.

Artist
Mark Chan
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Odyssey Magazine by Tess Havas

Odyssey Magazine

Artist
Tess Havas
Date
2018
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