Graphic Design

Graduate Degrees

The Iowa State University Graphic Design Program offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Graphic Design, the Master of Arts (MA) in Art and Design with a specialization in Graphic Design, and the MA in Art and Design with a specialization in Environmental Graphic Design.

The focus in each of these degree programs is on expanding your knowledge through new problem-finding/solving situations. Each course of study relies heavily on such areas as methodology, history, research and testing to arrive at fresh new communications. The GRE is not required for admission to any of these graduate programs.

Application Deadlines
There are three review periods for graduate admission to the MFA and MA programs in Graphic Design and Environmental Graphic Design. Please submit your application by February 1 if you are applying for an assistantship; otherwise, submit your application by April 1 for anticipated fall-semester entry or by October 31 for anticipated spring-semester entry. All materials must be available on the deadline date, or you may not be considered for admission. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure all of your materials are on file with the Graphic Design Program by the deadline.

Graphic Design Graduate Program
Credit earned at Iowa State University or other institution for the Master of Arts degree may be applied toward the Master of Fine Arts degree at the discretion of the program of study committee.

Applicants to the graduate program should have an undergraduate major in an art or design area and demonstrate the ability to do technically competent and original work through the presentation of a digital portfolio for faculty review. Past academic performance and the quality of studio work are critical in the admission process. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the student's undergraduate major is the standard for full admission to the graduate program. Admission is also determined by studio space available within the program area, which changes yearly due to graduate students' progress in their programs of study.

Graduate students who have not completed an undergraduate program of study substantially equivalent to that required of undergraduates in the department can expect that additional supporting coursework, determined by the graduate faculty, will be required.

Prospective students are advised to contact the graduate coordinator with specific questions about admission procedures and portfolio review.

More Information
For more information on any of these graphic design graduate programs, contact:

Paul Bruski, Director of Graduate Education
Meredith Foley, Graduate Programs Coordinator