What will I learn?

This visual communications degree offers a comprehensive opportunity to investigate the intersection of graphic, interaction and motion design. You will focus on conceptualizing and creating user-centered design wherever there is a screen or digital experience. This can include mobile phones, automotive instrument panels, medical devices, wearable’s and more. This major reinforces the importance of user experience design by combining insight from all areas of design. Choose to focus your studies or combine course sequences from communication design, interaction design, motion design, and design studies. By combining historical, communication and aesthetic theory, principles, and creativity, your work will anticipate design evolution and lead innovation.

The MFA in visual communication design focuses on all areas of design, including graphic design, user experience/interaction design, design studies, motion graphics, and 3D digital design. The changing landscape of people’s everyday interactions has blurred the lines between respected design fields, giving designers new responsibilities to shape experiences. The MFA program embraces this new technology through its curriculum, which addresses these merging skill sets.

The MFA in visual communication design provides a learning environment for advancement in innovative research, user-centered design, and professional practice focusing on the creative potentials of visual communication through a full spectrum of media. Students may advance their design knowledge and technical skills by choosing an option in communication design, interaction design, or motion and 3D digital design.

The cross-disciplinary nature of the program offers a greater potential to foster innovation and creativity in visual communication design. The program reflects the current views and changes occurring in the professional design field. The skill sets required of graphic, interactive, and digital design have now crossed over and are interrelated.

Which department am I in?

College of Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$50,136.00 per year
USD $50,136 is for 12-18 Credit Hours; USD $37,602 for 9 Credit Hours
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Art and Design

55 Lomb Memorial Drive,

ROCHESTER,

New York,

14623, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to apply for any RIT graduate program you must hold (or be in anticipation of) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.

For international students

Students must have

  • a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with balanced sub-scores) is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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