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.

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.

TERM 1 - FALL
Graduate Studio I 6
Graduate Seminar I 3
Graduate Typography 3
Project Writing 3
Mediatecture 3
Screen-Based Elective 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Graduate Studio II 6
Graduate Seminar II 3
Professional Leadership 3
Project Writing 3
2D Form Elective 3
Screen-Based Elective 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER (ACL)
Studio Independent Study 6
An internship is also recommended for this term  
TERM 4 - FALL
Graduate Thesis and Thesis Preparation I 6
Design Research/Strategy 3
Cross-Media Strategies 3
Entrepreneurship 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Graduate Thesis and Thesis Preparation II 6
Elective/Indep. Study 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 72