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Visual Communication Design MFA

Program overview

The changing landscape of people’s everyday interactions has blurred the lines between respected design fields giving designers new responsibilities to shape experiences. Designers must increase their knowledge in all areas of design, including print media, human-computer interaction design, motion graphics, and 3D digital graphics.

The MFA in visual communication design 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. The program offers three options--communication design, interaction design, or motion and 3D digital design--for student to advance their design knowledge and technical skills. 

The cross-disciplinary nature of this program offers a greater potential to foster innovation and creativity in visual communication design. The program reflects the current views and changes occurring in the professional design field. The skill sets required of graphic, interactive, and digital design have now crossed over and are interrelated.

Curriculum

Visual communication design (communication design option), MFA degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
VCDE-701 Design History Seminar 3
VCDE-706 3D Modeling and Motion 3
VCDE-707 Web and UI Design 3
VCDE-708 Typography 3
VCDE-709 Digital Design in Motion 3
VCDE-711 Design Theory and Methods Seminar 3
VCDE-717 Design Systems 3
VCDE-718 Project Design and Implementation 3
VCDE-723 Interaction Design 3
  Open Elective 3
Second Year
VCDE-732 Branding and Identity Design 3
VCDE-741 Environmental Graphic Design 3
VCDE-742 Information Design 3
VCDE-746 Professional Practices 3
VCDE-790 Thesis Research and Planning 3
VCDE-890 Thesis Implementation and Evaluation 6
  Open Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 60

Visual communication design (interaction design option), MFA degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
VCDE-701 Design History Seminar 3
VCDE-706 3D Modeling and Motion 3
VCDE-707 Web and UI Design 3
VCDE-708 Typography 3
VCDE-709 Digital Design in Motion 3
VCDE-711 Design Theory and Methods Seminar 3
VCDE-718 Project Design and Implementation 3
VCDE-723 Interaction Design 3
IGME-601 Programming for Designers 3
  Open Elective 3
Second Year
VCDE-733 Digital Media Interaction 3
VCDE-741 Environmental Graphic Design 3
VCDE-742 Information Design 3
VCDE-746 Professional Practices 3
VCDE-790 Thesis Research and Planning 3
VCDE-890 Thesis Implementation and Evaluation 6
  Open Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 60

Visual communication design (motion and 3D digital design option), MFA degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
VCDE-701 Design History Seminar 3
VCDE-706 3D Modeling and Motion 3
VCDE-707 Web and UI Design 3
VCDE-708 Typography 3
VCDE-709 Digital Design in Motion 3
VCDE-711 Design Theory and Methods Seminar 3
VCDE-716 3D Particles and Dynamics 3
VCDE-718 Project Design and Implementation 3
VCDE-728 Motion Graphics 3
  Open Elective 3
Second Year
VCDE-731 3D Visual Design 3
VCDE-733 Digital Media Interaction 3
VCDE-741 Environmental Graphic Design 3
VCDE-746 Professional Practices 3
VCDE-790 Thesis Research and Planning 3
VCDE-890 Thesis Implementation and Evaluation 6
  Open Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 60

Additional Program Information

This program is being merged into a new, dynamic , integrated program called Visual Communication Design MFA. Click here for a PDF brochure that contains detailed information on this program.

Portfolio Requirements
As part of the entrance requirements, applicants must demonstrate an understanding of design principles and visual computer skills using Adobe products. A portfolio of 10-15 examples must demonstrate a good sense of design, typography, and illustration in addition to the applicant's interests in and aptitudes for advanced study and, specifically, potential for success at RIT. Applicants are encouraged to submit only their best original work. Applicants should not submit work copied from film, television, photographs, magazine/book illustrations or other sources. Portfolios can be submitted on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Files should be saved as JPEG, PDF, QuickTime, or as a digital portfolio created in PowerPoint or Flash (JPEG images are preferred). Please note that digital portfolios will not be returned to students once submitted. Applicants may also submit a URL web address for online portfolios. HTML websites are accepted and encouraged.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Multimedia developer, multimedia designer, Web page designer, computer graphics designer

Functions

Design & program interactive multimedia presentations for business and education; create animation and computer graphics for visuals

Recent Employers

Applied Graphics Technologies, Eastman Kodak Co., Matrics Data Services Corp., Denobi Software, Iconfactory.com, Toto Multimedia, Xerox Corporation


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