24 months
51860 USD/year
51860 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Design program at School of Visual Arts is designed to both link and bridge these many approaches in a course of study that inspires students to conceive, produce, brand and market their own innovative content. 


Through the holistic teaching of knowledge and experience combined with contemporary best practices, students of the Design program at School of Visual Arts invariably develop the confidence that enables their talent to reach the highest potential.

Why We Stand Out:

  • We emphasize DESIGN entrepreneurship as an alternative to conventional practice, and as a means to raise the level of design expertise and achievement
  • We teach a broad set of visual, verbal and textual approaches as foundation for design
  • We focus on creation to optimize the designer’s abilities to rise to the next professional level

More About the Department

In their first year at MFA Design, students are given advanced instruction in a variety of design and trans-disciplinary skills such as interaction, motion graphics, branding, user experience, typography as a visual language, video and new media directing, and art book and digital publishing. Along with these skills-based courses, classes in business, marketing, ethnography, strategy, research, advertising, promotion, intellectual property and networking are offered.

The goal of the second year is the venture. Students are required to conceive and develop a viable product, campaign, experience, service or app for a determined and tested audience. Students design and prototype this venture that will be presented to a review panel of guest critics and faculty who then determine whether it has enough merit to progress to the next stage of development.

At the developmental stage, students produce a prototype for the purpose of pitching to investors, collaborators or distributors. This final product is presented in public at our Venture Forum at the SVA Theatre and subsequently to the design community.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Paul Rand Lecture Series
  • Writing and Designing the Visual Book
  • Can Design Touch Someone’s Heart?
  • Design Technology Workshop 
  • Telling Stories
  • Type for Masters
  • Design Decisions
  • Interaction Aesthetics: Designing Digital Products for the 21st Century

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application & Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Transcripts or Academic Records from Foreign Institutions
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25930 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    51860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25930 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 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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