About the Program
Do you offer Graphic Design Courses?
Our graduate level program brings together students from a wide range of design backgrounds and therefore at the graduate level we do not offer courses specific to graphic design, instead focusing on a variety of methods that are found in among the design disciplines. However, students may choose to use electives to participate in undergraduate courses that do have an emphasis on graphic design.Can I do the program part-time or through distance learning?
No. With the resources that we have available we have to target students who are able to be in-residence and fully engage with their studies. This helps to build energy for the program.
Why are there so many electives?
As we strongly believe graduate design education requires interdisciplinary study and, increasingly, interdisciplinary teams, the MFA design program is structured to enable students to make use of the excellent course offerings available throughout the The University of Texas. By taking courses outside of the program, students become more deeply informed of and gain experience with people from different non-design disciplines in an academic setting.
For those who wish to focus more of their time within the department, they may take electives within design or studio art. Students may also pursue electives by working in the field with design professionals and researchers.
What do graduates in the program end up doing?
As students come in with a broad range of design interests and topics, they take many different directions. We have alumni in larger corporate environments as well as working for or starting their own design studios. We have students who pursue commercial as well as grant-funded projects. We have also been quite successful at placing our graduates into positions in academia.
Do you have double or dual programs with other graduate programs?
We do not participate in any dual degree programs at this time. However, students are able to formally engage with other programs through portfolio programs such as Museum Studies, Sustainability, Cultural Studies, Women + Gender Studies, and Communication + Information + Cultural Policy. Additionally some students choose to target their electives toward a specific department or area to forge “unofficial” bonds with students and educators in those programs. Information on these and other portfolio programs can be found at: www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/docport/.
How do I fund my degree?
Assistantships and Fellowships are available, but not guaranteed.
Do I have to submit a separate application to receive fellowships, grants, or teaching assistantships?
No, all candidates who are offered admission are automatically considered for funding possibilities. However, to meet students' financial need as best as possible, we strongly recommend all applicants fill out a FAFSA application as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not they intend to take out student loans.