What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

72 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Graphic Design, M.F.A.

The Design M.F.A. program is for focused, motivated, experienced designers who want to introduce a multidisciplinary perspective to their work by collaborating with graphic designers, interior designers, fine artists, art historians and those from other related disciplines. Based on these experiences, graduate students in design will push their work into compelling and groundbreaking conceptual and visual directions in communication. Graduate students will take pedagogy coursework, shadow other instructors and are expected to teach entry-level design courses or work in a professional capacity for the university.

Graphic Design, M.F.A.

The Design M.F.A. program is for focused, motivated, experienced designers who want to introduce a multidisciplinary perspective to their work by collaborating with graphic designers, interior designers, fine artists, art historians and those from other related disciplines. Based on these experiences, graduate students in design will push their work into compelling and groundbreaking conceptual and visual directions in communication. Graduate students will take pedagogy coursework, shadow other instructors and are expected to teach entry-level design courses or work in a professional capacity for the university.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

72 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Program Highlights

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production in an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers an M.A. in Art History, M.A. in Art Education, M.A.T. and M.A.Ed. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

  • M.F.A. degree that is NASAD accredited.
  • M.F.A. students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships and numerous M.A./M.A.Ed. research assistantships are granted with equal benefits.
  • Students are eligible for competitive fellowships, including the premium Welch fellowships. The fellowships fund students for the entire three years of study, in addition to the students' regular stipend and full tuition waiver.

Careers

The graduate programs at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design prepare students for competitive careers in contemporary art, art education, design and art entrepreneurship.

Highlights include one-on-one mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, access to art institutions and creative publications, networking with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, experience from conference to international art fair participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner teaching experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as graphic, interior and Web designers, multimedia artists, curators, gallery directors, museum and non-profit arts managers, art administrators, K-12 art teachers, art educators, art historians and writers, creative directors at advertising and marketing firms, props and set design fabricators, and art appraisers, among others.

Program Details

Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must submit the following items:

  • Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  • A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing academic interests, proposed area of specialization and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the graduate program would serve those interests and goals.
  • Portfolio: A successful portfolio demonstrates creativity and commitment in a cohesive body of work. Admissions portfolios may include still images, film/video projects, musical performances/compositions, videos of acting/dance/performance.
    The portfolio may include one of the following:

    • 20 examples of work on CD
    • Film/video projects – DVD or Quicktime on CD. Six minutes maximum.
    • Musical performances/sound work/compositions. Six minutes maximum.
    • Videos of acting/dance/performance. Six minutes maximum.

Do not send original work. Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

Materials must be in the Office of Graduate Programs by the deadline. It is recommended you submit your materials a month in advance.

Still image submissions:
Label materials with name and area of study. Include no more than 20 images. Include the title of the work, date, medium and dimensions as part of your file and metadata. Include 20 images in JPEG format (150 DPI, 1500 pixels on greatest dimension).

Moving image/sound submissions:
Label materials with name and area of study. Include no more than six minutes of audio-visual material. Work must be accompanied by a list with the title of the work, date, full running time and the student’s role (for example, director, actor, etc.) in each work and must be submitted in the appropriate file format for the medium.

If an applicant wishes to include a mixture of stills, sound or moving images, the materials will be divided evenly. For example, if still and moving images are submitted, 10 stills and three minutes of motion are allowed.

Goals and outcomes upon completion of a M.F.A. program include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to media, content, imagery and teaching styles.
  • Exploreing the continuing traditions of art making in pursuit of new forms and with contemporary issues.
  • Encouraging multidisciplinary approaches with other studio areas.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies with teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional arts career through development workshops that range from exhibition and art fair training, marketing and art handling, critique and artistic discourse, etc.

In general, the requirements for an M.F.A. are as follows:

Category of Work Units Required Description
Professional Development 12 Pedagogy, Teaching Practicum, Professional Practices and Thesis Writing.
Studio-Specific Courses 30 Graduate Studio/Design Seminars and Graduate Studio/Design Practice
Electives 6 Variable – must be outside area of specialization, can be outside School of Art & Design
Art History 12 Graduate-level courses in Art History
Thesis 12 Intensive work with a thesis committee to prepare your written thesis and exit show, lecture, presentation or screening
Total 72
  • Accepted students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of teaching assistantships.
  • They are eligible for competitive premium Welch fellowships.

Description

Contacts

Graduate Coordinator
Wesley Harvey
wharvey@gsu.edu

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

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