The track in Graphic Design focuses on design theory, process, and methods related to design practice and research. Potential areas of study include multicultural communication, visual representation of information, human interaction with designed objects, social and cultural implications of design, color systems and perception, design history, and design education. Students and faculty collaboratively develop designed objects and information resources that will enhance people’s lives.
The emphasis in Interactive Design provides students with experience in designing for the electronic environment. The program integrates theory with practice in the application of emergent and established technologies to digital design solutions. Students complete a creative thesis.
DESCRIPTIONS If you choose to pursue the graphic design track, the focus of your graduate work may include design theory, process, and methods related to design practice and research. Potential areas of study include multicultural communication, visual representation of information, human interaction with designed objects, social and cultural implications of design, color systems and perception, design history, design education, and interactive design. Students and faculty collaboratively develop designed objects and information resources that will enhance people’s lives.
MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Students applying to the graphic design track must have either an undergraduate or graduate degree in design or a related area (art, architecture, technical communication) or significant professional experience (3–5 years) in design (graphic, exhibition, etc).
In addition, each applicant should demonstrate the following:
Coursework in design or art foundations (if not, take 1311, 1312)
Computer literacy in industry standard programs (if not, take 2334, 4334)
Professional coursework in design (12 credits minimum) or several years of professional experience with evidence of effective design (if not, take 2345, 2351, 4354)
Academic and professional records of applicants will be evaluated on an individual case basis.
All materials must be received by the program's deadline on December 15th or your application will be considered incomplete. Allow sufficient time for processing your application. Review occurs once each year, directly following the December 15th deadline. The program’s review process takes from four to six weeks once the application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please note that the Design Program deadline precedes School deadlines. Assistantship Applications should be completed for consideration for the following academic year.
The following list is required for a completed application:
Personal Statement of your academic and professional goals for the degree desired (1–2 pages)
Letters of recommendation written by three individuals who can judge your academic performance and promise as a student
Portfolio, consisting of 15–20 examples of current work in .pdf file format; link to a Web site is acceptable.
Writing sample, for those applying for the Ph.D. sent in a .pdf file.
For applicants whose native language is not English submit a .pdf file of official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores are to be sent to the University of Minnesota.