MFA On Campus

Communication Design

Kutztown University

36 months
774 USD/credit 15480 USD/year
774 USD/credit 15480 USD/year
516 USD/credit 10320 USD/year
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Where can the Communication Design program of Kutztown University take your career? The sky is the limit. Become a faculty member at a college or university, a studio or business owner. No matter the path you choose, you will be a highly valued designer in emerging areas of communication design.


Kutztown University's College of Visual and Performing Arts offers the first and only Master of Fine Arts in Communication Design within the PASSHE system, for students looking to focus in graphic design, interactive design, advertising design and Illustration. Our low-residency program is nationally ranked as one of the best online AND most affordable MFA graphic design programs in the U.S.

At the Communication Design program of Kutztown University you’ll join a community of designers and faculty who are passionate about what they create. We empower you to evoke meaningful change, develop your strengths and celebrate the future of design—all through individual development and visual expression. Here, you will embark on a journey to discover the power of your voice and grow, not into someone new, but to become your most creative yourself.

Gain the ability to assess the effectiveness of the design and how it can influence behavioral change. Learn new and innovative ways to solve problems using expert communication design. Broaden your design experience through 12 full-time faculty members with expertise in key focus areas of design, with real-world experience.

Enjoy the flexibility to direct the focus of your studies and relish the creative freedom that our curriculum provides. The program culminates with a focused thesis project spread over three courses dedicated to research, creativity, and implementation. The final project will be exhibited publicly and presented in a variety of venues and media.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Solve communication challenges by identifying the issues, targeting audience, researching, and/or developing innovative solutions.
  • Create and develop visual solutions in response to communication challenges.
  • Determine audience objectives based on a spectrum of human factors; test audience response; and/or assess the outcomes.
  • Apply the contexts of past, current, and future design.
  • Communicate with other creative professionals through research-based, cohesive, and persuasive rhetoric.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Personal Exploration
  • Professional Exploration
  • Grad Sem: Unconventional Type 
  • Grad Sem: Design Pioneers
  • Grad Sem: Emerging Media 
  • Grad Sem: Contemporary Topics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
  • Resume
  • Artist Statement
  • Online Portfolio (upload to SlideRoom)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 774 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    15480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 774 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    10320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 516 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Kutztown

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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