Rochester Institute of Technology

Graphic Design, MFA


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Graphic design is a professional major that consists of a sequence of courses addressing advanced visual communication problems and emphasizes meaning, form and function. In a professional studio setting, students work with faculty on the understanding and implementation of design process; design theory; history and criticism; research methods; visual aesthetics; typography; imagery; systems design; information design; ethics and values; project development and evaluation; and cross-disciplinary problem-solving methods.

Course work and thesis projects incorporate both theory and application in the solution of hypothetical or actual design problems. Courses within this major evidence a balanced approach toward the application of electronic media and traditional processes. Final design outcomes may range from small- or large-scale two-dimensional, printed artifacts to electronic, time-based and/or interactive applications. Special lectures, guest speakers, exhibits and workshops complement the studio work experience. Student projects also utilize other RIT resources such as the Graphic Design Archive and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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