University Catalog 2023-2024

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 Courses39
MGXD Design Studio I
MGXD Design Studio II
Theoretical Frameworks in Design
MGXD Design Studio III
Design Research Methods
Future of Interface Design
Final Project Preparation
Elective Course3
See "Elective Courses" listed below 1
Final Project6
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
GD 500
Foundations of Graphic Design – course pending Admin Board approval 2021
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
  • Scott Townsend

Emeritus Faculty

  • Denise Gonzales Crisp, Full Professor

Associate Professors

  • Kermit L. Bailey
  • Deborah K. Littlejohn
  • Matthew Peterson
  • Tasheka Arceneaux Sutton

Assistant Professors

  • Jarrett Fuller
  • David Oh


  • Edwin P. Utermohlen