M.F.A. On Campus

Visual Communication Design

Jacksonville State University

24 months
800 USD/credit 24000 USD/year
800 USD/credit 24000 USD/year
400 USD/credit 12000 USD/year
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The MFA in Visual Communication Design at Jacksonville State University is a terminal degree that allows students to concentrate in one specific discipline under the umbrella of Visual Communication Design (for example, web design or illustration) OR to complete individually crafted interdisciplinary programs of study also under the umbrella of Visual Communication Design.


At Jacksonville State University, they aim to revolutionize the traditional graphic design educational model into one that addresses current social, cultural, and technological issues. The term Visual Communication Design more accurately reflects an evolving multidisciplinary industry where designers use technology, design, and social awareness to solve problems that inform, educate, and elicit responses from end users. 

What you'll study

Through the engaging and hands-on MFA curriculum, they prepare students for an ever-changing industry by merging theory and practice into a pedagogical model that focuses on formal, technical and conceptual skills through independent and instructor-led learning opportunities.

The course of study integrates both research and studio components and is designed to assist students in developing a professional portfolio by the completion of their degree. The 60 hour MFA program, with a recommended completion time of three years, also prepares graduates to teach at the University level.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • 30 credit hours must be in visual communication design studios
  • A minimum of nine credit hours in art academic courses (research, theory, and art history)
  • Suggested six credit hours of approved non-Art academic elective studies;
  • Remaining credit hours (6) may be applied to any combination of studio, art academic, or elective courses

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 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

  • Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  • Official transcripts(s)
  • Three Graduate Reference Forms completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate coursework. Two of these must be from educators and/or professionals in the field of visual communication and design. 
  • A statement of purpose should outline the applicant’s current or previous work as relevant to plans and objectives for advanced graduate study, describe professional goals, and state the areas of research and investigation the applicant would like to pursue and study
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio of 20 examples of current work demonstrating proficiency in the area of visual communication design. Work should be submitted in the form of a single PDF, including titles, dates, media, and any relevant information or project descriptions. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 800 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 800 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 400 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Jacksonville

850 - 1300 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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