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There are two Master of Visual Communication Design (MVCD) programs available:
Both programs (2-year and 3+) offer the following:
The MVCD is a studio-based degree program. Students in this program work on strategic visual communication design projects with a focus on the development of visual language systems firmly grounded on the principles of information design, typography and interaction design. Students engage in visual and theoretical research, ideation, visualization, prototyping and testing of creative solutions that address critical problems faced in the contemporary visual world.
Graduates of this program are adept in working with fundamental principles of visual communication design, emotional intelligence and systems thinking in problem identification and its appropriate contextual solutions. They pursue professional practice in visual communication and multimedia industry as well as in academia.
The 3+ program offers great opportunities for students; see what our students are saying
Visual Communication Design, MVCD
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Online applications are open September 15 with a priority deadline of January 15 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MS.Arch; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.
Summer Admission: MVCD 3+ programs only admit students to the summer term. We accept applications up until March 15th. Any applicant who would like to apply after these deadlines is welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Admission: MVCD 2- year programs only admit students for the fall semester. We accept applications until June 15th.
Teaching and Graduate Assistantships
Assistantships are appointed each term to a select number of graduate students who are excelling in The Design School. Learn more about teaching assistantships including eligibility and application details.
Learn more about your financial aid options.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.
Required Core (43 credit hours)
Electives (6 credit hours)
Other Requirement (6 credit hours)
GRA 581 Internship in Teaching Design (3)
GRA 584 Internship (3)
Culminating Experience (5 credit hours)
GRA 622 Advanced Visual Communication Design Studio IV (5)
Additional Curriculum Information
The Master of Visual Communication Design program includes sequential studio courses. Requirements involve an average of 14 credit hours per semester. A summer internship is required during the summer prior to the final year.
The three-plus-year program adds the following requirement to the plan of study: deficiency courses (42 credit hours).
Students in their first year of the two-year program or second year of the 3+ program may apply to study two graduate programs concurrently. The curricula has been designed to allow for most of our programs to be taken simultaneously. Please note that MArch students have the opportunity to apply to the W.P. Carey School of Business to study for a Master of Business Administration concurrently with their MArch degree. We work to try to reduce the length of time for both degrees to save students a year of time and tuition fees. Students with two Master degrees have increased professional opportunities and great marketability. If the concurrent option is taken, this will extend the graduate program by a minimum of one year.
The graduate program curriculum encompasses a travel studio which is completed in the fall semester of the final year. Students travel all over the world to locations such as Australia, South America, Europe, and Asia among others. This offers students the opportunity to experience a foreign country for one week at the beginning of the fall semester. This trip is faculty led and the cost is inclusive within tuition fees. The benefit of this experience to our graduate students is invaluable. To hear what our students are saying about the Global Engagement Studios and their experience view this video.
Master of Visual Communication Design Two-year Program (MVCD)
Master of Visual Communication Design Three-plus Program (MVCD3+)
Students completing a 2–year or 3+ graduate degree program in the following studio based disciplines are required to complete a summer internship: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Communication Design. The internship takes place during the last summer that precedes the final year of the graduate program.
Learn more about about internships.
Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.
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Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.
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