M.F.A. in Visual Communication Design


Graduate students in residence, pursuing a three-year M.F.A. degree, define their place in the contemporary stream of design through independent study and interdisciplinary research. Progress is evaluated through weekly design group critiques, combined studio walkthroughs, and studio faculty reviews. Studio design presentations commence with the “New Faces” show in the Isis Gallery and conclude with the M.F.A. Thesis Show in the O’Shaughnessy Gallery of the Snite Museum of Art.


Andre Murnieks
Robert Sedlack
Anne Berry
Marie Bourgeois

In addition, all graphic and industrial design faculty and M.F.A. students meet together bi-weekly. Industrial design faculty are:

Ann-Marie Conrado
Paul Down
George Tisten


All graduate students are allocated a spacious, secure, and well-appointed studio space that provides PC, Mac, and UNIX network access. Design students share the advantages of a campus that is rich in contemporary technology and still retains a deep appreciation for a heritage of traditional human values and wisdom. Technically advanced lecture rooms and digital labs support all student design activities. One eighteen-station Mac lab and one ten-station SGI lab share campus network with a complete range of facilities for color or black and white input and output. Additional hardware and software available to graduate design students include cd burners, digital cameras, and the most current computer applications recognized in the industry.

Graduate Scholarships

  • Full tuition waivers for up to three years
  • Generous stipends
  • Teaching experience


  • The active visiting designer and scholars program brings several speakers to campus every semester.
  • Notre Dame’s location, 90 miles east of Chicago, provides easy access to view design exhibitions, tour studios and agencies, and to attend AIGA- and ACD-sponsored events.

Past Visiting Designers Include

Paula Bodnar, Crate & Barrel, Northbrook, IL
Mike Conway, Schupp Advertising, St. Louis, MO
Michael Gericke, Pentagram, New York,NY
Marty Fitzpatrick, NFL, New York,NY
Ingrid Hess, Kym Abrams Design, Chicago, IL
Lauren Howey, Frankel,Chicago, IL
Tim Irvine, Semaphore, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Letscher, Leo Burnett, Chicago, IL
Jose Perez, Kodak, Boston, MA
Anne Richardson, AlbenFaris, Santa Cruz, CA
Tom Schlegel, TMSW, Wheaton, IL
Jennifer Sterling, Sterling Design, San Francisco, CA
Colleen Syron, Wall Street Journal, New York, NY

Further Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Art, Art History and Design
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5673


To Apply

Application must be done online. Submit a portfolio of twenty slides through SlideRoom, and send three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and transcripts to The Graduate School. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to our M.F.A. program. Apply now.

Application Deadline: February 1.