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Duluth Campus

Art M.F.A.

UMD Art and Design, Dept of
School of Fine Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Art and Design, University of Minnesota Duluth, 317 Humanities Building, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-8225; fax: 218-726-6532)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Spring 2014. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Length of program in credits: 60
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Fine Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design may be earned full- or part-time. All requirements for the master's degree must be completed and the degree awarded within seven years. Full-time students usually finish the program in five semesters. The department's financial aid does not extend beyond six semesters. Within a liberal arts setting, our program is tailored to each individual's educational, artistic, and professional strengths. Expanding the boundaries of conventional design education, it includes the following areas of study: new media; motion graphics; book arts; design in the public realm; experience design; graphic design history, theory, criticism; and preparation for college teaching. Academic study and studio practice are equally emphasized. The program draws on faculty with international and national experience as designers and artists who are recognized for the quality of their teaching, research, and professional design activities.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
An undergraduate degree in graphic design or art is preferred. Students with degrees in any major and with a substantial background in graphic design are also encouraged to apply.
The M.F.A. is offered under Plan B and requires 60 credits.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
A portfolio of 20 design works (Mac format CD or DVD), a letter of intent, a writing sample (written in or translated into English), and three letters of recommendation are also required as part of the application. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00. The GRE is not required. For more information about the M.F.A., visit the program's website, www.d.umn.edu/art/grad. For more information about graduate admissions, visit the Graduate School website.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 54 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: The successful completion of this program requires the ability to express one's thoughts and work in written, as well as visual form. Early classes will consist of custom assignments and directed work tailored toward the student's area of interest. This is also the time for discussion of the final project. Directed readings will supplement group readings and discussions for enhancement of understanding of the student's area of interest/project. Later classes will combine directed and self-generated work and reading. Students will be responsible for compiling and securing faculty approval of a reading list, writing plan, timeline for completion of project goals; and for securing faculty approval of plans for their final project (carried out in Art 8990 - MFA Creative Thesis).
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Graphic Design
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