Jan Van Eyck Academy

— WITHOUT DIPLOMAS, teachers, or even students, the Jan van Eyck Academy is one of a kind in its approach to design, located at the intersection of research, debate, and theory. In lieu of students or professors, researchers and advising …

The University of Reading

— THE MASTER’S IN Typeface Design at the University of Reading has a storied pedigree: It’s based at a school long famous for its strong design program and its emphasis on type and type history. Alumna Nadine Chahine, now the …

KABK Master Course in Type and Media, Royal Academy of Art

— WHILE THE LIST of famous type designers coming from The Hague is extensive, it wasn’t until 2002 that the institution formally renamed its postgraduate program (formerly Type Design and Typography) and incorporated digital media into type studies. Students in …

Werkplaats Typographie, Artez Institute of the Arts

— EACH TERM, 12 graphic designers are admitted into the prestigious Werkplaats Typographie (Typography Workshop), a two-year master’s program. Despite its name, the program is not purely focused on type; rather, it is an intensive program that helps designers develop …

Design Laboratory, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins

— THIS SCHOOL’S in-house professional studio, Design Laboratory, hires recent graduates from the university. The resulting gig—which usually lasts about six months—immediately gives students work experience, with real deadlines and fees, for companies including Intel, Adidas, and The Fat Duck, …

Hyper Island

— AT HYPER ISLAND THERE are “no teachers, no books, no classrooms, no homework, and no computers,” says Hyper Island CEO Mattias Hansson. Students only work on real case studies for actual companies, and instead of typical classes, the school …

Design Strategy, California College of the Arts

— TO EARN AN MBA in Design Strategy, students only attend five once-a-month, four-day weekends of instruction and group interaction each semester. The rest of the program is spent telecommuting with group partners—ideal if you’re looking to go back to …

Designer as Author, School of Visual Arts

— “WE WERE DECIDEDLY ahead of our time, with our emphasis on both DIY and handmade products as well as entrepreneurism,” says Lita Talarico, the co-chair, with Steven Heller, of this 10-year old MFA program. Subtitled “The Graduate Program for …

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Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University

— “‘START OVER’ ARE two words many of us hear a lot,” says student Lana Shahmoradian, referring to Brandcenter’s professors. On paper, students graduating from Brand-center get a master’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in art direction, copywriting, …

Institute for Book Design, Academy of Visual Arts

— Only 20 out of 400 applicants are chosen to study design at Goethe’s alma mater, a centuries-old powerhouse in teaching typesetting, lithography, etchings, and book design. The best student projects are published by the Institute for Book Arts.