University Catalog 2024-2025

Graphic and Experience Design (MR)

Degree Requirements

Degrees earned will be distributed as: "Master of Graphic and Experience Design" without program length specifications.

Two Year Program

The MGD II program targets applicants who have earned a BFA or equivalent in graphic design and are practiced in visual communication, user interaction design (UI), user experience design (UX) and/or related design fields.

Required Courses33
MGXD Design Studio I
MGXD Design Studio II
MGXD Design Studio III
Theoretical Frameworks in Design
Design Research Methods
Future of Interface Design
Accessible Design
Final Project Preparation
Elective Courses6
See "Elective Courses" listed below 1
Final Project9
Final Project Studio
Total Hours48

Elective Course requirement is met with any course listed within "Elective Courses" listed below, or a 400-level course within another college determined in conjunction with the academic committee.

Three Year Program

The MGD III program targets applicants who have some professional experience but who have not earned a first degree in graphic design or have earned a BA with a graphic design concentration.

Required Courses21
Special Topics In Graphic Design (Foundations of Graphic Design)
Special Topics In Graphic Design (Tech Tinkering Seminar)
Graphic Design Theory and Practice
Advanced Graphic Design Studio
Special Topics In Graphic Design (Design Discourse and Typography)
Elective Course3
See "Elective Courses" listed below
Total Hours24

Elective Courses

GD 203History of Graphic Design3
GD 317Typographic Language, Writing, and Reading3
GD 417Information and Publishing Design Systems3
GD 592Special Topics In Graphic Design (Design Pedagogy)1-6
GD 510Imaging for Graphic Design IV3
GD 517Type IV3


Full Professor

  • Helen Armstrong

Emeritus Faculty

  • Denise Gonzales Crisp, Full Professor
  • Meredith Davis, Full Professor

Associate Professors

  • Kermit L. Bailey
  • Deborah K. Littlejohn
  • Matthew Peterson

Assistant Professors

  • Jarrett Fuller
  • David Oh


  • Mac Hill