MCAD’s graphic design major produces designers who creatively investigate and engage with innovative problems, concepts, content, and form.

We promote curiosity, process, and making, and encourage you to develop your voice to produce original work. We produce graduates that are active practitioners and leaders within local, national, and international design communities.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, through in-person and online classes, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare graphic design as your major
  • Build concentrated design skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition

Graphic Design Major Outcomes

  • Acquire the skills to give form to any idea by using and authoring a dynamic blend of visual imagery and textual content.
  • Utilize a rigorous design process to promote experimental, conceptual, and systems thinking through critical inquiry.
  • Articulate one’s conceptual and formal decisions through developed writing skills and visual presentation models.
  • Gain the ability to keep up with cultural and social trends that inform innovative solutions and design practices.
  • Become proficient in mechanical production and have the ability to adapt to new digital landscapes with an emphasis on pushing the unique possibilities that exist for each.
  • Create best practice experiences that provide the skills to implement contributions individually as well as in collaboration with creative teams, service providers, and support staff.

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