MFA in Design

Why get an MFA in design at Notre Dame?

Yuliya Fedorovych Design
Design project by Yuliya Fedorovych, MFA '21

This research-driven, three-year terminal degree focuses on discovering and exploring new concepts and theories that contribute to advancing the discipline of design. Graduate students can focus on their chosen research interests but are also encouraged to investigate a broad spectrum of ideas and theories for intellectual connections.

Our MFA students concentrate in either industrial design or visual communication design. Both concentrations combine studio work with academic studies in art history and criticism. Students can also explore fine arts areas, including ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture, as well as other areas of interest at the university. 

Our graduate students are encouraged to investigate contemporary issues and offer a systematic vision that may influence global society. 
Graduate students serve as teaching assistants in their first year, and students in good standing have the opportunity to teach their own course once a semester during their second and third years.

Program of study

In addition, all MFA students receive full tuition scholarships and an annual stipend while in our program. Our students also have the opportunity to apply for additional funding for travel, residencies, and materials through a variety of funding sources across the University.