Department of Art and Art History Design

Graduate Program Overview

Master of Fine Art (M.F.A.) in Design

The M.F.A. program at The University of Texas at Austin is distinctive by design. Each cohort of four to six students works closely with Design faculty in small classes that offer individualized instruction. Rather than declaring a specialization, graduate students take up to 50 percent of their coursework outside of the Design program, drawing on the extensive resources of a tier one, comprehensive research university.

The program’s broadly conceived notion of design affords self-directed students the opportunity to tailor their coursework to pursue an area of academic concentration and to focus on graphics, objects, interactions, systems and/or services. For example, selected graduate students in the M.F.A. program have the opportunity to work with the Design Institute for Health on projects at the intersection of design and healthcare delivery.

The M.F.A. program cultivates expert designers who are also thoughtful, broadly educated critics and communicators prepared to enter careers in many fields. Alumni of the program enjoy successful careers not only as designers, but also as inventors, writers, entrepreneurs, strategists, CEOs and university faculty.