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Visual Communication Design MFA

In our visual communication design degree, you'll shape interactive experiences by integrating graphic design, user experience design, design studies, motion graphics, and 3D digital design into your work.

Program skills

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. 
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 and mobile design, responsive design
Motion and 3D Digital Design: motion graphics, broadcast design, 3D modeling, animation and visualization
Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, CINEMA 4D, Xparticles, Unity
Programming: JavaScript P5, Processing, CSS, HTML5, JQuery

Program facilities equipment

Students work in dedicated graduate computer labs and studio spaces. The program provides an opportunity to use, learn, and understand the various types of specialized software and processes for building design solutions for a wide range of digital outputs from mobile, web to AR and VR.

Program job titles

Cinematographer and Editor; Game Producer; Graphic and UX/UI Designer; Motion Graphic Designer; Product Designer; Senior Visual Designer; UI/UX Designer; User Experience Researcher; User Interface Designer; UX Designer

Program 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.

Select program hiring partners

Ancestry; Chewy; Designworks, a BMW Group Company; Forbes Media; Kayak; Procter & Gamble (P&G); Proscia Inc; TripAdvisor; Walmart Global Tech; Yahoo;  Tencent; Verily Life Sciences; UNION; Spicy Green Book; Rubrik; Partners + Napier; Palo Alto Networks; NetEase Games; Moonraft Innovation Labs; Mindex; MathWorks; LightBox; IKEA; Frontier Science & Technology Research Foundation; Elizabeth Hiller Designs; DelMonte Hotel Group; Cosm; CiTi BOCES; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Blue Gem Productions LLC; Anime Boston; AceUp


Outcome Rates for Visual Communication Design MFA

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 96.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 96.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Co-op in the College of Art and Design provides hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in visual communication design.

Creative Industry Day

RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts Creative Industry Day, which connects students majoring in art, design, film and animation, photography, and select computing majors with companies, organizations, creative agencies, design firms, and more. You'll be able to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and permanent employment positions.