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Curriculum Degree Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts with a major in Communication Design is the terminal degree in the discipline. The degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, from traditional and online course work – 30 credit hours (10 courses) of prescribed communication design studio electives, 12 credit hours (4 courses) of communication design history, 6 credit hours (2 courses) of professional practice, 6 credit hours of graduate level courses from any discipline, and 6 credit hours of thesis research. 

In order to accommodate the working professional, MFA courses are taught online, and on-campus meetings are scheduled in the evenings or weekends. Students pick the studio courses that work for their schedules and what interests them.

ARTC 5320 Web Design
Students will research, create, and produce advanced online products for Internet. Emphasis is placed on information architecture, interface design, and navigation constructs in order to produce unique online communications. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5321 Digital Imaging
Exploration and experimental usage of digital black and white and color imagery utilizing non-traditional approaches to image making. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5322 Word and Image
Exploration and experimental usage of the written word integrated with visual forms by using digital and traditional photographic, illustrated, and graphic media. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5330 Typography
This course examines the traditional and experimental advanced usage of type and its relationship to the symbolic or communicative message. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5331 Corporate Identity Systems
Students explore complex corporate and institutional identity systems. Concept, design, program continuity, and branding in the marketplace will be emphasized. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5332 Corporate Marketing Materials
This course will explore advanced development of typographic elements, layout grid constructs, photoimagery, and illustration for publication of corporate marketing materials. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5333 The Experimental Book
Students explore the experimental printed book including concept, design, and unique production such as unique binding methods. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5340 Contemporary Issues and Criticism
This course examines the communication design discipline from 1950 through contemporary times. Communication design trends, styles, periods, and leading designers will be explored.

​ARTC 5341 Modernism and Design
This course examines the modernist movement as it emerged in America between 1920 and 1960 in various communication design media. The impact of modernism, modernism arrives in America, the creative 1940’s, and American design mid-century will be explored.

​ARTC 5342 Postmodernism
This course examines the post-modernist movement and its impact on typography in the 21st century. The origins of post-modern design, deconstructionist design, issues of appropriation, and the revolution in digital type will be explored.

​ARTC 5343 Communication Design Seminar
This course examines communication design research methods, modes of practice, and models of the creative process. Students will engage in individual research inquiries, in order to develop the topic for their master’s thesis in Communication Design.

ARTC 5350 Special Problems in Communication Design
An independent study requiring complex problem-solving in communication design. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5360C Environmental Graphic Design Systems
This course will explore complex corporate, consumer, and institutional environmental systems. Concept, design, program continuity, and environmental graphic design systems (EGDS) in the marketplace will be emphasized. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5360D Typeface Design
This course explores the detailed anatomy of typefaces in order to design custom typefaces through various applications. Students with an advanced knowledge of typography will research detailed type anatomy as well as historical and cultural typographic constructs. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5360E Sustainable Packaging Design
Students will explore the role of sustainable package design in context to meeting the requirements of clients and consumers in the global marketplace. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5360F Communication Design Business Strategies
In this course, the student will be exposed to the principles of project, studio, marketing, and business development management as it relates to the business operations of a communication design studio. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5360G Interactive Design
This course explores the concept of interactivity in all its forms, from the digital to the physical as it relates to communication design. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5360H Mobile and Social Media
In this course, the student explores the implications of social networking and mobile communications in contemporary communication design. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5360I Editorial Design
This course develops typographic skills pertaining to page layout through the use of functional and aesthetic type and its application within the digital environment. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5360J International Perspective in Typography
This course studies the international perspectives of typography. This course requires a field trip abroad and will conclude with one extensive communication design assignment based upon the field trip experience. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

​ARTC 5360K Data Visualization
This course explores methods of gathering, mapping, and designing information in a manner that is meaningful and relevant. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change. 

​ARTC 5360L UX Design
This course explores advanced concepts in user-centered mobile application, Web site, and operating system interface design. Students will solve design problems that take into account a holistic view of the user and how they interact with software. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5360M Design for Social Impact
This course will provide a platform to explore the ways that design processes can be applied in order to enable positive social change. The course reconsiders the role of the designer in the context of the social sector. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.

ARTC 5360N Alternative Methods in Printing
This course will explore hands-on printing methods for designers. Letterpress, screen-printing and other alternative printing methods will be explored to visually express design concepts. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change. 

ARTC 5360O Kinetic Typography
Students will study the creation of moving typography as an extension of typography and animation. The history and development of typography and motion graphics in art will be examined. Students will engage in innovative development of kinetic typography using current digital technology combined with experimental techniques. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change. 

ARTC 5360P International Design Synergy Project
Students will collaborate with students from the MFA program at the Jade Hochschule in Wilhelmshaven. This course requires a one-week stay in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. It will conclude with one extensive communication design project that showcases their research done abroad. Students will research German Design values while on location and discuss with German design students, while also presenting American design values. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change. 

ARTC 5360Q Experience Design
Students will learn how the evolution of computing information has changed the role of technology and experience designers. Students will generate a variety of Web and Mobile applications using Artificial Intelligence as the core technology. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change. 

ARTC 5370 Professional Practice
Students are placed in regional and national advertising agencies, digital media studios, or graphic design firms to gain professional practice experience. Repeatable once for credit.

ARTC 5399A Thesis A
The course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the student has completed the thesis in ARTC 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), program (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

ARTC 5399B Thesis B
This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.