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 104 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:     $24.45                     $12.00 - $36.00
MFA:       $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: Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, CINEMA 4D, Xparticles, Unity
  • Programming: JavaScript P5, Processing, CSS, HTML5, JQuery


National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)

Equipment & Facilities

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.

Training / Qualifications

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

Job Titles

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

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.
  • Recent Visual Communication Design alumni are lead designers at Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Oracle and numerous digital design agencies.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Adobe, Adolescent Inc., Ahold-Delhaize, Apple, Block & Tackle LLC, Bose Corporation, Cake & Arrow, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Framestore, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, General Electric Digital, Genius Plaza, Google, Houzz, Kodak Alaris, McAfee Inc., Mobile Heartbeat, Oracle, Pixability, Pro Unlimited, Inc., Tata Consultancy Services, TuneIn, Inc., Turner Broadcasting Systems, Twisted Rope, Ultrabland, Y&L Consulting, Inc.

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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