Master of Arts in Information Design

Program Rationale:
The Master of Arts in Information Design prepares graduates to take leadership positions in the design industry, including graphic design, publishing, advertising, multimedia design, web design, digital imaging, and corporate information design.

Graduates are expected to meet the challenges presented by the theoretical, creative, and technical aspects of the rapidly changing field of visual design and its business applications through the development of the analytic and critical skills required to create, direct, present, and evaluate effective design solutions.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Students are expected to:

  • Master advanced design theory, process and application;
  • Develop analytic and critical skills required to create, direct, and evaluate effective design solutions; and
  • Develop in-depth problem solving and research skills necessary for the creation and presentation of effective design solutions.
Course and Capstone Requirements
(36 credits):
Core Courses (21 credits):
MKT 470Integrated Marketing Communication3
BUS 590Business Topics3
DES 499Computer Applications for Graphic/Information Design3
DES 501Graphic/Information Design Theory I3
DES 502Graphic/Information Design Theory II3
DES 520Advanced History of Design3
DES 598Research Methods in Design3
Specialization (9 credits):
DES 503Graphic/Information Design Practice I3
DES 504Graphic/Information Design Practice II3
DES 537Advanced Design Internship3
Directed Elective (3 credits):
DES, MIS, CS, COMM, MGT, MKT, BUS or ART course as approved by advisor
Capstone (3 credits):
DES 597Research Project (Plan C)3


The capstone requirement is a research project supervised and approved by the graduate advisor and Graduate Faculty Committee. The research project also requires final approval by the dean, School of Graduate Studies.

Note: Students enrolled in the following courses will be assessed a $65 Design Lab Fee: DES 436, 438, 439, 465, 498, 499, 503, 504, 597, 598. Contact the department for additional information.

Note: Students are limited to six credits of DES designated course work per semester without permission of advisor and department chair.

Note: No more than nine credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

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