Master of Fine Arts in Graphic and Interactive Design

The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic and Interactive Design in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is a two-year, 60-credit program that offers intensive, research-driven immersion in the practice of design. As a graduate student in this master's degree program, you’ll participate in mentorships with passionate, award-winning faculty members who push students to hone their visual voices and use their talents to change the world. 

Graphic and interactive design graduate students are a close-knit cohort of thinkers and makers who drive original concepts through interdisciplinary collaboration in Tyler’s state-of-the-art facilities with the specialists, technology and resources of Temple, a leading R1 research institution.  

The curriculum is built around graphic design, professional practice and visual design, helping you find your authentic voice through experimentation, exploring entrepreneurship and projects that aim to tackle contemporary issues through social design. You’ll also have the opportunity to enroll in a design theory course to deepen your understanding of a variety of design principles. In addition to traditional media, students have the opportunity to discover new approaches to design discourse through new technologies. 

As a student in this master's degree program, you'll have unique opportunities to apply your socially conscious designs across Philadelphia. The city is a living laboratory for design-driven solutions with a booming design community that hosts one of the largest national chapters of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and offers easy access to other major design hubs, like New York City and Washington, D.C. 

Graduates of this master's program are prepared to pursue careers in top studios; start their own advertising agencies; work in the film, television and music industries; teach in leading colleges and universities; and improve society with the understanding that good design has the power to make a real difference. 

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The Hatchery 

The most notable graphic designers today all have one thing in common—hustle. In The Hatchery, design students get to taste creative agency and entrepreneurship by bringing their ideas to market and working directly with clients. Semesterlong experiences provide opportunities for hands-on problem solving and real-world projects. In the past, students have created their own brands and sold their own products in addition to collaborating with companies and organizations like Boldfaced Goods, Career Wardrobe, Genuine Fred, Hallmark, Temple Law, Tyler’s Alumni Association and Victory Brewing Company

Program Format & Curriculum  

Graduate students participate in a rigorous, interdisciplinary practice that often involves projects such as design authorship, design for the screen, experimental design, illustration, motion graphics, packaging, publication design, social design and UX/UI.  

In addition to core courses, students have considerable flexibility and choice when selecting art history, studio elective classes, either within Tyler’s graduate curriculum or across the university. Critique and critical discourse are foundational to the program of study. Under the mentorship of a faculty member, students also participate in an MFA thesis gallery exhibition in their final semester of study.

Some of the courses you will complete as part of the Graphic and Interactive Design MFA include the following.  

  • Critique and Critical Dialogue I and II 

  • Graduate Projects, Graphic Design 

  • Art History Seminar (5000 level or higher) 

  • Visual Design Graduate Seminar 

  • Visual Design Thesis 

Learn more about the coursework for the Graphic and Interactive Design MFA.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Fine Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,266.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,682.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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