Impact corporate initiatives, social movements, and political campaigns with the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Graphic Design at ArtCenter. Extend the boundaries of communicating complex ideas and practice crafting print, digital, motion, interactive, and packaging design solutions. In our two-year or extended three-year graphic design master’s program, you’ll build a portfolio of practical and professional design solutions, cultivate entrepreneurial practices, and prepare to lead in dynamic design environments.
Building on the expertise of our internationally renowned undergraduate graphic design program, the Graphic Design MFA fosters technical skills, individual craft, transmedia fluency, next-generation leadership, strategic thought, and professional development. Through courses in critical writing, narrative, typography, 3D motion graphics, cross-media branding, web design, historical analysis, and more, you’ll cultivate dexterity with the growing demands of modern “mediatecture.”
The MFA in Graphic Design is available on two tracks: in the standard two-year program, you’ll complete four full terms and a summer internship or studio-based independent study. The three-year program equips you with bespoke additional graduate design skills.
See, Do, and Lead
ArtCenter’s industry-respected graphic design master’s program begins with witnessing experts at work: our core faculty are national and international leaders in branding, leadership, typography, interactive media, and environmental graphic design. You’ll learn from these specialists and other graphic design professionals through our robust network of alumni, partners, and industry consultants.
Establish your career with strong foundations in management, creative leadership, and high-level design strategies. As you progress through the Graphic Design MFA, you’ll apply your practical skills and unique voice with real-world clients and in entrepreneurial pursuits. This hands-on experience will contribute directly to your professional portfolio, setting you up for success after graduation.
Graphic Design Careers
Launch into the global creative profession with a master’s in graphic design. Become an industry-leading designer, artist, and problem-solver with a meaningful understanding of typography, form, intent, and craft. You’ll expand the influence of intelligent and innovative design in companies, communities, and society alongside fellow ArtCenter graduates in organizations like Apple, Meta, Riot Games, IBM, and Chronicle Books. Seize opportunities in:
- Branding and Corporate Identity
- Art Direction
- Publication Design (Print and Electronic)
- Book Design
- Web/App Design and Development
- Interface Design
- Interaction Design
- Motion Graphics
- Film Title Design
- Broadcast Graphics
- Package Design
- Environmental Graphics
- Exhibition Design
- Information Architecture
- Production Management
- Poster Design
- Typeface Design