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Visual Communication Design MFA

This visual communications degree gives designers exciting opportunities to shape interactive experiences by integrating graphic design, user experience design, design studies, motion graphics, and 3D digital design into their 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 reported

Consulting Art Director and Visual Designer; Designer/Animator; Type Designer; UI/UX Designer; UI/UX Designer and Developer; User Experience Designer; UX and Visual 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

Alibaba Group, Ancestry, BlueJeans Network, Designworks, Facebook, Flynn, GE Appliances, GEICO, Helen & Gertrude, Instrument, QuickBase, Inc., Saatchi & Saatchi, Siemens, The Walt Disney Company, Total Wine & More, TripAdvisor, TuneIn, University of Rochester Center for Health + Technology, Verizon Media, Walmart


  • Design

  • Internet and Software

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Advertising, PR, and Marketing


Outcome Rates*

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 94.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 6.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 94.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 6.00%
Alternative Plans 0%