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Graphic Design, M.F.A.

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Baltimore, MD, United States
Graphic design is an interdisciplinary, cross-media field that is rooted in the fine arts. The Graphic Design program from Maryland Institute College of Art provides students and qualified designers with skills and knowledge to successfully compete nationally and internationally and to contribute to the public discourse of design.
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M.F.A. graphic students at MICA are encouraged to view themselves as cultural producers, "practical visionaries," and "utopian entrepreneurs" who actively initiate projects.

Program Overview

MICA's M.F.A. in Graphic Design serves as an advanced lab for interdisciplinary research and exploration within the context of one of the nation's top art colleges. The 60-hour curriculum engages students in a mix of critical seminars, guided studio courses, and independent work. Students can take advantage of electives in many MICA departments, including video, printmaking, and digital media.

As graphic design extends its reach into new media and new environments, designers are confronted with exciting intellectual and technological challenges. MICA's two-year Graphic Design program from Maryland Institute College of Art provides a setting in which to develop critical ideas about the history, future, and social uses of visual communication.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Studio 
  • Thesis Writing
  • Visiting Designers
  • Visiting Thesis Critics

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Graduate Admission Application Form: completed and submitted online via MICA SlideRoom
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Statement of Purpose / Designer Statement
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • Proof of Degree or Equivalent
  • Portfolio of Artwork
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48510 USD/year
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  • National

    48510 USD/year
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Living costs for Baltimore

  • 1240 - 2100 USD/month
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