School of Art

Graphic Design

MFA Course Structure

MFA students typically take the following required classes, plus some metier electives, plus electives from other programs and schools within the Institute. Course load and focus depends on the proclivities of the individual student, but usually is around 12 to 20 units per semester.

Required Design Classes

3-year MFA Fall

Visual Literacy Studio (part 1)
Visual Literacy Lecture (part 2)
Typographics 1A
Historical Survey of Graphic Design I
At least one program elective

3-year MFA Spring

Visual Literacy Studio (part 2)
Visual Literacy Lecture (part 2)
Typographics 1B
Historical Survey of Graphic Design II
At least one program elective

2-year MFA1 Fall

Graduate Seminar I Studio (part 1)
Graduate Seminar I Lecture (part 1)
Typographics 1A
Historical Survey of Graphic Design I
At least one program elective

2-year MFA1 Spring

Graduate Seminar I Studio (part 2)
Graduate Seminar I Lecture (part 2)
Typographics 1B
Historical Survey of Graphic Design II
Graphic Design Theory: Intro to Criticism
At least one program elective

2-year MFA2 Fall

Graduate Seminar II Studio (part 1)
Graduate Seminar II Studio (part 1)
At least one program elective

2-year MFA2 Spring

Graduate Seminar II Studio (part 2)
Graduate Seminar II Studio (part 2)
At least one program elective

2-year MFA1 Motion Specialization Fall

Motion Seminar 1 Studio
Motion Seminar 1 Lecture
Advanced Motion Graphics
Historical Survey of Graphic Design I

2-year MFA1 Motion Specialization Spring

Motion Seminar 2 Studio
Motion Seminar 2 Lecture
Advanced Motion Graphics
Historical Survey of Graphic Design II
History of Motion graphics

2-year MFA2 Motion Specialization Fall

Motion Seminar 3 Studio
Motion Seminar 3 Lecture
At least one program elective

2-year MFA2 Motion Specialization Spring

Motion Seminar 4 Studio
Motion Seminar 4 Lecture
At least one program elective

Elective Design Classes

Graphic Design Theory: Advanced Concepts
Imagemaking II
Beginning Web
Beginning Motion Graphics
Advanced Web
Advanced Motion Graphics
Graphic Design Workshop
Publication Design
Digital Type Design
Special Topics Series
Mutant Design Series
History of Motion Graphics
Typography III
Typography IV
Independent Study

Last edited by jchiang on Jun 18, 2015
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