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Communication Design

Texas State University

24 months
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The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree with a major in Communication Design at Texas State University is the terminal degree in the discipline. The curriculum is designed to provide advanced study in the areas of corporate advertising art direction, graphic design, and digital media design.


Communication Design at Texas State University provides students with the knowledge and expertise to attain the following: exploration of advanced problem-solving methodologies, updating technological advancement relating to communication design, examining historical events, theoretical constructs within communication design, and preparation for a career teaching in higher education.

Students will have the opportunity to complete a portion of the degree by the means of online instruction, extended weekend seminars, evening courses, blended (mix of online and face-to-face), and directed study courses.

Program Standards

Students enrolled in the Communication Design B.F.A. or M.F.A. program must maintain high scholastic standards and develop a mastery of the knowledge and methods of their respective discipline. Students are expected to demonstrate emotional and mental fitness in their interactions with others, use skills and methods that are generally accepted in the profession, and conform to the code of ethics of their respective discipline, and the university’s honor code. A student’s acceptance in any program does not guarantee the student’s fitness to remain in that program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Issues and Criticism
  • Modernism and Design
  • Postmodernism and Typography
  • Communication Design Seminar
  • Professional Practice (Taken twice for credit)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • completed online application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee  or
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree in communication design, advertising art direction and design, digital media design, graphic design, illustration or related field from a regionally accredited university (see Requirements tab)
  • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • academic and professional statement of purpose (300-500 words). 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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