Graduate Programs in Art and Design

Graduate programs in art and design are offered by art or design schools as well as colleges and universities. The structure of graduate programs in art and design do not, however, follow the same path as programs in other disciplines.

The MA (Master of Arts) degree tends to be the preferred educational track for those whose area of focus is art history, architectural history, art education, art therapy, music therapy, and teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level. It, like the BA, divides course work about in half between “studio” work and liberal arts courses.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is a terminal degree. It is more focused on “studio” work (about 85%). This is the educational track generally chosen by practicing artists and designers. The degree is offered in both fine art and applied arts.

The MFA is offered with specialization in the following areas:

  • Accessory Design
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Illustration Design
  • Animation
  • Industrial Design
  • Architectural History
  • Interactive Design & Game Development
  • Design Management
  • Luxury and Fashion Management
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Metals and Jewelry
  • Fashion
  • Motion Media Design
  • Fibers
  • Painting
  • Film and Television
  • Photography
  • Furniture Design
  • Printmaking
  • Graphic Design
  • Production Design
  • Historic Preservation
  • Sculpture
  • Sequential Art
  • Visual Effects
  • Sound Design

Other graduate degrees are offered by some schools. A professional/post-professional Master of Architecture degree is offered, as well as Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Urban Design.

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