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Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Fall Semester
January 14 ( Priority)
March 31


Spring Semester
October 1 (International)
October 31 (U.S. Citizens)


Admission Policy

Admission to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design is selective and designed to identify those applicants who have the ability and commitment to successfully complete the program. Applicants are chosen through close examination of each component of the application packet, with special emphasis placed on the portfolio of communication design work.


Application materials evaluated include:

Past academic achievement 
An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (4.0) in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree. Any graduate-level courses taken are included in GPA calculation. Please go to the Graduate College website for information regarding transcript requirements.

Written communication
The written component includes a statement of goals (300–500 words) describing the applicant’s academic and professional goals and a resume. Applicants are evaluated on

  • Written communication skills
  • Goals align with what the MFA program offers
  • Past student and professional experience
  • Awards

Letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation from persons capable of evaluating the applicant’s academic and professional ability.

Portfolio (professional and/or student)
An online portfolio of at least 20 works in communication design. Each sample must be clearly identified indicating communicative message or project mission, media, and publishing information. Each sample is evaluated on:

  • Ideation/design/presentation
  • Role and scope of work
  • Peer-review (state, regional, national, or international)

EFFECTIVE SPRING 2022

The written component is an academic and professional statement of purpose (500-800 words) addressing the following:
    • What are your current design goals and specific reasons for seeking an MFA in Communication Design at Texas State University?
    • What experiences led you to this point, and how might they have shaped your current visual work?
    • What do you hope to achieve during your MFA studies?
    • What topics in design are you most interested in studying?
    • In addition to building a strong MFA community of learners, independent study is an essential feature of the low-residency model. It is important for us to assess your ability and potential for managing and defining your own educational direction. What other independent educational experiences have you pursued in design, and beyond
  • online portfolio (professional and/or student) showcasing 12-20 works in communication design
  • Each sample must be clearly identified with a communicative message or project mission, media, and publishing information. Please create a PDF document that includes the portfolio URL. Read additional information about evaluation criteria.
  • Resume/CV
  • three letters of recommendation from persons capable of evaluating your academic and professional ability

Leveling
Our leveling program is designed for those who have strong application materials, but who may lack some communication design skills. Acceptance into the leveling program is on a case-by-case basis. Leveling courses do not earn credit towards the MFA Communication Design degree.


Application Checklist

  • Graduate College application
  • Application fee
  • Transcript from each secondary institution
  • Resume
  • Goals statement (300-500words) 
  • Online portfolio (ex: your website) – the location of the portfolio should be uploaded in a separate PDF document and must be received by the posted application deadline for admission consideration. Each sample must be clearly identified indicating communicative message or project mission, media, and publishing information. 

EFFECTIVE SPRING 2022

  • Graduate College application
  • Application fee
  • Transcript from each secondary institution
  • Resume
  • three letters of recommendation from persons capable of evaluating your academic and professional ability
  • Goals statement (500-800 words) 
  • Online portfolio (professional and/or student) showcasing 12-20 works in communication design the location of the portfolio should be uploaded in a separate PDF document and must be received by the posted application deadline for admission consideration. Each sample must be clearly identified indicating communicative message or project mission, media, and publishing information. 

International Applicants
International applicants should visit the Graduate College website for additional required information.


Contact Information

The Graduate College
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4605
Phone: 512 245 2581

The MFA Office
School of Art and Design
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

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