Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a master’s degree and an MFA?

In the discipline of the Arts, the terminal master’s degree is considered the highest obtainable degree. The MFA is differentiated from a standard master’s degree by a higher credit requirement (60 credits) and proof of mastery of the artistic subject. Unlike in other disciplines, a doctorate in fine arts is not required for employment in the education field or for leadership and senior positions in the industry sector.

What will I be able to do with this degree once I graduate?

After graduation, you’ll be well positioned for employment in higher education — specifically for positions requiring a terminal degree — as well as design leadership in private and public industries. The MFA in Design has been created to maximize enrollment by offering diverse and adaptable curriculum options for local, national and global students.

How will I know if this is the right degree program for me?

This program is geared towards working professionals who would like to enhance their knowledge and to expand their degree credentials. Course work will be available through flexible methods including online, evening, weekend and hybrid deliveries. You’ll take 30 credits in core courses including a minimum of three credits in research foundations, and you’ll dedicate six credits towards a creative thesis project. You will also earn 30 credits in focus courses, divided into 21 credits in design studio and nine credits in project electives.

How will the program be delivered?

The MFA in Design has been created to appeal to local, national and global students. Standard on-campus delivery of the curriculum will be enhanced by hybrid, flexible online, weekend and late-day options. No more than 50 percent of the classes can be taken online. Online classes will include coursework in ethics, research strategies, design seminar one, and some studio coursework. The in-person residency requirement ensures you have a personalized, high quality learning experience and that you’ll have the opportunity to fully engage with faculty/graduate students in this program.