Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Visual Communication Design MFA

Program Overview

 The MFA Visual Communication Design program provides a learning environment for advancement in innovative research, user-centered design, and professional practice focusing on the creative potentials of visual communication through a full spectrum of media.

This program takes a rigorous, full spectrum approach to design implementation and integration into multiple forms of media that includes: web and mobile, print media, motion graphics, 3D modeling and motion, information design, user interface and experience design, and branding and identity system design.

The program is professionally focused to inspire and empower graduates to become practicing designers, entrepreneurs and contributors who impact interactions among people, products, and environments.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 53 students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • The majority of students are eligible to participate in an optional co-op program the summer between their first & second years. Some students may be available fall and spring terms.

Salary Information

Co-op:   $24.13                   $9.00 - $50.00
MFA:     $60,000                 $57,000 - $75,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Communication Design: corporate identity and branding, typography,  information design, environmental graphic design, packaging design
  • Interaction Design: user interface design, user experience design, 2D game design, web & mobile design, responsive design
  • Motion and 3D Digital Design: motion graphics, broadcast design, 3D modeling, animation and visualization
  • Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere, Flash, Final Cut Pro, Maya, CINEMA 4D, Soundbooth
  • Programming: JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, JQuery, XML, PHP


National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)

Equipment & Facilities

Students work in a dedicated graduate studio on state-of-the-art equipment, using the latest software. The program provides an opportunity to use, learn, and understand the various types of specialized equipment that exist in today’s design workplace.

Training / Qualifications

Most artists and designers need at least a bachelor of science degree in a related field and a strong portfolio.

Significant Points

  • Named by Business Week as one of the Top 10 Design Schools in the country and one of the Top 40 in the world, RIT's Design School is also highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and Design Intelligence.
  • According to Business Insider, RIT ranks (#11) in The World’s 25 Best Design Schools.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Adobe Systems Inc., Ahold USA, AKQA, AOL/LIFT Creative Group, B-Reel, Eric Mower & Associates, ESPN, ESRI, Firstborn, Fisher Price, HUSH, Involution Studios, Juxt Interactive, Leo Burnett USA Inc./ARC, Lounge Lizard, Luxurious Animals, MTV News, Nurun SF, Ogilvy, Partners + Napier, Prolific Interactive, R/GA, Screenvision, SONY Pictures, Truth Collective, Xerox Corporation

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Gretchen Burruto, the career services coordinator who works with the New Media Design program. Access information about services through our site at
Gretchen E. Burruto, Associate Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585-475-5462
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603