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Degree Requirements

Degree candidates must successfully complete 60 credits, including all required courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A residency of two academic years is required.


In the first year, students will be given advanced instruction in a variety of authoring skills, such as writing, editing, criticism, typography as a visual language, Film and new media directing, visual journalism and book and magazine publishing. Along with these skills-based classes, courses in marketing, research, advertising, promotion, publicity, intellectual property and networking will be offered.


The goal of the second year is product-oriented. Participants are required to devise and develop a viable idea for a specialty market. Students will write and design a proposal for a product that will be presented to a panel of "guest faculty" who will decide whether it has enough merit to progress to the developmental stage. At the developmental stage, students will produce a prototype for backers, publishers, producers or distributors. Working individually, this final proposal, dummy or prototype will be professionally produced for presentation purposes.


General Requirements

  • Successful completion of 60 credits, including all required courses and the thesis project. Documentation of all thesis projects must be on file with the MFA Design Department to be eligible for degree conferral. 
  • Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good academic standing. 
  • A matriculation of two academic years is required. Students must complete their degree within four years, unless given an official extension by the provost.
  • First Year Requirements

  • Second-Year Requirements

  • General Course Listing