In the field of graphic design, although most practitioners hold at the very least a secondary degree, truth be told, no degree is required—simply a great portfolio. With that said, in recent years there has been a wellspring of new graphic design MFA programs in addition to those already in place. In part, this is the result of universities adopting the MFA as the terminal degree for teaching. There are two main models, residency and low-residency/independent study.
In the August issue of Print, contributor Steven Brower presents 11 of the many MFA programs across the country, selected for various distinctions, including the unique draw of what they have to offer to today’s designers, broken down by Print’s six regions of the U.S. as presented in the Regional Design Annual. Brower dives into plenty of other distinguished MFA programs below.
- Tyler School of Art’s MFA in Graphic & Interactive Design
- Eastern Michigan University MFA in Graphic Design
- PRATT’s MFA Communications Design Program
About Steven Brower:
Steven Brower is a former creative director of Print, as well as a designer, author and educator. He’s been teaching at the grad level since 1995 at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, in the “Get Your Masters With the Masters” MFA program for Working Professionals. In 2011, he was promoted to director of the program.