Yale University

YALE’S MFA in graphic design is situated in the context of investigation, exploration, and critical analysis of a student’s thematic idea, a philosophy embodied by the department’s wiki website, which can be edited by all, yet remains a unified entity. One of the program’s signature elements is a rotation of visiting critics who work directly with the students. These visiting critics, as alumnus Geoff Han notes, are a varied but highly specific set of designers, all with innovative, independent design practices. The students’ exposure to a spectrum of critics and approaches results in a studio atmosphere that is infused with what Han calls an “aggressively experimental spirit.” 

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