Most graduate graphic design programs in the U.S. focus on critical theory and radical exploration, primarily working in print media. Our focus is on transmedia, craft, skill, leadership and strategic thought with a goal of practical professional improvement.

Our regular two-year program consists of four full terms, a summer term reserved for studio-based independent study and an internship. If appropriate, we also offer a three-year program that includes two additional terms of undergraduate graphic design courses tailored to individual students’ needs.

The typical length of study for the MFA in Graphic Design is two years: four full terms, plus one ArtCenter Lite (ACL) summer term.

For incoming students who need additional design skills to complete the degree, we offer a three-year program. This program features two additional terms of undergraduate courses, tailored to meet the student’s individual needs. Once these two terms are completed, students enter the traditional MGx course track.

Curriculum subject to change.

2-year (5 terms)

TERM 1 - FALL
Graduate Seminar 1 3
Graduate Project Writing 3
Graduate Studio 1 6
Graduate Typography 1 3
Graduate Studio Coding Practice 2
TERM 2 - SPRING
2nd Term Thesis Review 0
Graduate Seminar 2 3
Design Research/Strategy 3
Graduate Studio 2 6
Graduate Typography 2 3
Design 1 - Materials Lab 1
Graphic Design elective 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER (ACL)
Graphic Design Internship OR Studio Independent Study OR Testlab Berlin (credits in excess of 6 credits will be applied as elective credit) 6
TERM 4 - FALL
4th Term Thesis Review 0
Graduate Thesis 1 6
Graduate Thesis 1: Lab 3
Professional Leadership 3
Graduate Transmedia OR Graduate Editorial 3
Graphic Design elective 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Graduate Thesis 2 3
Graduate Thesis 2: Lab 3
Graphic Design elective 6
Completed Thesis 0
TOTAL
Total Required Units 72

3-year (7 terms)

TERM 1 - FALL
Graduate Lynda.com Basics 1
Communication Design 3: Narrative & Scale 3
Typography 2 3
Motion Design 1 3
Graduate Studio Coding Practice 2
TERM 2 - SPRING
Communication Design 4: Identity Systems 3
Type 3: Context 3
Visual Interaction Design 1: Generative Design 3
Design 1 – Materials Lab 3
Graphic Design elective 3
TERM 3 - FALL
Graduate Seminar 1 3
Graduate Project Writing 3
Graduate Studio 1 6
Graduate Typography 1 3
Graduate Studio Coding Practice 3
TERM 4 - SPRING
2nd Term Thesis Review 0
Graduate Seminar 2 3
Design Research/Strategy 3
Graduate Studio 2 6
Graduate Typography 2 3
Design 1 - Materials Lab 1
Graphic Design elective 3
TERM 5 - SUMMER (ACL)
Graphic Design Internship OR Studio Independent Study OR Testlab Berlin (credits in excess of 6 credits will be applied as elective credit) 6
TERM 6 - FALL
4th Term Thesis Review 0
Graduate Thesis 1 6
Graduate Thesis 1: Lab 3
Professional Leadership 3
Graduate Transmedia OR Graduate Editorial 3
Graphic Design elective 3
TERM 7 - SPRING
Graduate Thesis 2 3
Graduate Thesis 2: Lab 3
Graphic Design elective 6
Completed Thesis 0
TOTAL
Total Required Units 97