Design, Master | University of Notre Dame | South Bend, United States
36 months
59644 USD/year
59644 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts in Design degree at University of Notre Dame is for designers with exceptional talent and strong academic skills.


About the program

Most academic and professional institutions of higher education recognize the Master of Fine Arts in Design as the terminal degree for designers. This degree has become the standard prerequisite for those who intend to teach at the college level. It is also appropriate for individuals seeking to further develop their professional careers as design thinkers and researchers. The department also awards the M.A. degree, but only to students who are not accepted to degree candidacy in the M.F.A. program.

The Department of Art, Art History and Design at University of Notre Dame offers the M.F.A. degree focusing on industrial design or visual communication design. 

The Design program combines studio work with academic studies in art history and criticism. Students may concentrate in industrial design or visual communication design plus explore areas of fine arts including ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture as well as other areas of interest at the university.

Students pursue areas of interest through a system of independent study with departmental faculty and a graduate committee selected by each student. Graduate students are expected to develop a personal direction in their work that culminates in a professional exhibition of design and research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Painting/Printmaking Seminar
  • Photography Seminar
  • Sculpture/Ceramic Seminar
  • VCOM and ID Seminar
  • Professional Practices

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate student applicants are evaluated primarily on the basis of a portfolio of twenty images, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts. All applicants must write a statement of intent indicating their goals for the M.F.A. degree and their expectations for graduate studies. Please use our M.F.A. checklist as a guide to applying for our program. While applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to one main disciplinary area, those who wish to apply to two areas are permitted to submit one application through the online system and then submit independent portfolios for each respective area in Slideroom.
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted
  • Attach your resume or curriculum vitae
  • Attach your statement of intent
  • Complete the general form information

Tuition Fee

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    59644 USD/year
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Living costs for South Bend

885 - 1432 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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