Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceDepartment of Art and DesignCollege of Liberal Arts

Graduate Program

The M.F.A degree in Visual Communication Design at Purdue University develops and prepares students to further their independent research interests and professional competency. The program experiments with the inquiry, application, and transmission of knowledge of Visual Communications Design strategies.

The Graduate program includes courses in design methodology, research methods, typography, poster, information design, web communications, advanced color design, history, critical theory, and more. The Art and Design graduate program provides a dynamic environment in which students from different majors come together to learn in a cross-disciplinary environment. Students work under the mentorship of enthusiastic and inspired artists, designers, and educators.

First and Second Year

The first and second year of the Graduate program emphasizes the formative development of the student's research interests in Visual Communication Design. The curriculum engages students to research, define, and develop the direction of their graduate work by working closely with their graduate committees and participating in interdisciplinary seminars, disciplinary studios, and elective coursework. Upon completion of the first year curriculum or completion of 18-21 credit hours, M.F.A. students must pass a qualifying review to advance into the upper-level curriculum where their research interests are further developed.


Third Year

In the third year of study, students focus on research and production of their M.F.A. exhibition and thesis/non-thesis work. Upon completing their studies, students present a public gallery talk about their research during their M.F.A. exhibition.



Teaching Assistantship Opportunity

The department offers Teaching Assistantships for qualified applicants admitted in the Visual Communication Design's Master of Fine Arts Program. The Teaching Assistantship includes generous benefits and valued art and design teaching experience:

  • Full-tuition waiver
  • Competitive stipend
  • Medical benefits package (if half-time)
  • Spouse eligibility for in-state tuition

Teaching Assistants teach two classes each semester and work closely with a faculty coordinator. They must register for designated Teaching Assistantship courses. For additional information and qualification click here.



Program Summary

Graduate Plan of Study

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The Visual Communications program at Purdue University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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