Graphic Design (M.F.A.)

Graphic Design (M.F.A.)

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Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2019 through summer 2020. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
Choose 30 credit hours of the following:30
Character Design
Sequential Art
Advanced Typography
Vector Illustration
Publication Design
Digital Imaging
Digital Photography
Advanced Graphic Design
3D Graphics
Interactive Game Design
Interactive Design
Interactive Publication
Special Topics 1
Web and New Media
Visualization Illustration
Advanced Digital Photography
Directed Research 1
Special Topics
The Photography Studio 1
Special Topics 1
Art History & Theory Courses
ARTS 515Issues in Contemporary Art3
Choose six credit hours of the following:6
Advanced Studies in Baroque Art
Advanced Studies in Medieval Art
Advanced Studies in Arts of East Asia 1
Advanced Studies in Arts in Latin America 1
Advanced Studies in Italian and Northern Renaissance Art 1
History of Graphic Design
Field Experience Courses
Choose six credit hours of the following:6
Teaching Art in Higher Education 1
Elective Courses
Choose nine credit hours of 500-700 level ARTS electives not already applying to the degree9
Thesis & Project Courses
ARTS 780Art and Design Research Methodologies3
ARTS 790Thesis/Portfolio Project 23
Total Hours60

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Successful completion of the Oral Examination
  • Thesis/Portfolio Artifact & Exhibit required
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Resident & Online Format

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