"The modern visual designer must be broadly educated, articulate, and literate to compete successfully in today's world."

CVPA's Visual Design MFA is a 60-credit, 2- to 3-year program of study. The program allows students to explore visual communication in a broad sense. Areas of study include:

  • Digital Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
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Under the guidance of a faculty committee, candidates develop a thesis project based on their own unique research. The thesis requires both visual and written components which are intellectually, formally, and technically rigorous. Students form a committee based on their thesis topic, choosing from faculty who provide a wide variety of viewpoints and expertise. The faculty advisors are highly proficient in traditional, time-based, and interactive media. Students are encouraged to explore various media, processes and methods while they develop their topic.

Artistic development, professional advancement

The Master of Fine Arts is generally recognized as the highest degree offered in the visual arts. It qualifies the recipient for professional work and positions in higher education within a variety of disciplines. There are also numerous allied career paths, such as curatorial work, arts administration, art direction, and publishing, which benefit from the level of accomplishment the Master of Fine Arts degree entails.

The faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts believe that the best graduate education is achieved through individualized attention to each student, and prides itself in the quality of the facilities and equipment.

If you wish to attain a higher level of personal artistic development, and aspire to advance in professional practice, then we invite you to apply.


Ziddi Msangi

Associate Professor
Art & Design
College of Visual & Performing Arts 310A