George Mason University School of Art
MASTER OF ARTS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Photo: Emily Posner, Graphic Design BFA
The Master of Arts in Graphic Design features courses that integrate information design, visual
communication, marketing, branding, two-dimensional image making and print and web
publishing within a program that is grounded in theory and application.
The MA degree is a 36-credit professional program aimed at preparing students for senior-level
employment and design management in publishing, design, advertising, commercial and non-
profit businesses, and high tech industries. Graduates with an MA in Graphic Design will also be
qualified to teach at the junior-college level.
AVT 611: Graduate Design Seminar (1 credit) AVT 615: Advanced Web Design (4 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graphic Design MA This course develops skills for the application of
(or MFA) program, or permission of the instructor. information, interaction, usability, and visual
Can be repeated. A laboratory for the exploration of design for web site development. Students gain
contemporary design theory and practice through in-depth knowledge of user behaviors and broader
writing and design making, this class will have context of social, cultural and contemporary issues
rotating topical content. in web communication. Students learn professional
design processes and integrate multiple web
AVT 612: Thesis Research Proposal (1 credit)
To be completed prior to enrolling in AVT 794: Thesis.
Provides the development and research phase in AVT 617: Advanced Typography (4 credits)
preparation for AVT 794, the capstone course in the Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graphic Design MA
Graphic Design Masters program. Students will (or MFA) program, or permission of the instructor.
prepare their written thesis proposal for presentation Students will produce a body of work exploring the
to the AVT GD Graduate Faculty Committee. opportunities and limitations of typographical design.
AVT 613: Graphic Design History (3 credits) AVT 794: Graphic Design Project (4 credits)
A survey of design history, examining print and web Prerequisite(s): admission to AVT Graphic Design
design as both a reaction to and shaper of the broader graduate program and completion of 30 graduate
culture (including other fine and applied arts) through credits. The capstone course in the Graphic Design
the study of major movements and designers. Master of Art degree. Provides for the independent
development, design, production and presentation
AVT 614: Brand Identity Design (4 credits) of a graduate-level design project guided by faculty
Prerequisite(s): admission to AVT graduate program and design professionals.
or permission of instructor. This is an advanced
design course with an emphasis on brand identity
development. Topics include logo development,
product packaging, marketing and advertising
collaterals, web branding, and broadcast advertising
development. Special attention is given to the School of Art
creation of a graphic standards guide.
MASTER OF ARTS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Applicants may have an earned B.A. or B.F degree Jandos Rothstein (Coordinator, Design Program)
in Graphic Design from an accredited college or came to Mason in 2003 from Washington City Paper,
university. However, applicants with a BA or BS where he served for eight years as the weekly’s
in another discipline, and work experience in the award-winning art director. In addition to teaching,
field may apply for admission also. Students must Jandos is now a freelance editorial designer and
schedule an interview with the School of Art design author of Designing Magazines from Allworth Press.
faculty prior to admission. Shanshan Cui specializes in interactive user interface
The following materials must be submitted as part design. She has six years in the industry working for
of the application process: Meredith Corp., Terra Lycos, and
◆ Completed application form;
Don Starr has worked in design for over 20 years and
◆ A non-refundable application fee;
been at Mason since 2001. Specializing in corporate
◆ Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates for design and non-profit promotion, his clients have
residents; included Neiman-Marcus, FedEx, The Department of
◆ Appropriate international paperwork, as required Agriculture and numerous non-profit groups. Don
by the University; is also Faculty Advisor for the AIGA George Mason
◆ Official transcripts from each undergraduate and University Student Group.
graduate program attended; Anne C. Kerns brings 18 years of design,
◆ Three letters of recommendation from faculty management and PR experience to her classroom
members, or those who can evaluate the at Mason. In addition to teaching she runs her own
applicant’s academic potential; design business, Anne Likes Red, Inc., specializing in
◆ A sample of academic writing about art or graphic
design, such as a paper from an art or design Elliott de Luca has 15 years of design and advertising
history course; and experience, working in print and broadcast for PBS,
Chiat/Day, BET, and Time-Warner Cable.
◆ A CD or DVD with 20 examples of design works in
PDF jpeg, or a format that will play in a standard
, James Hicks is owner and Principle, JBH3 Graphic
web browser. Design, LLC and art director of Architecture DC.
For more information about Graduate Admissions: Karen Beach is a graphic designer and sole
http://admissions.gmu.edu/grad/ proprietor of Red Clover Design, founded in Iowa
in 1991 and relocated to Alexandria, Virginia in
the summer of 2003. Her local clients include the
Downtown DC (Downtown Business Improvement
District Corporation), US Agency for International
Development and AARP Karen has served as
President of the Art Directors Association of Iowa
and was President of the Iowa Chapter of AIGA, the
American Institute of Graphic Arts. Upon moving to
the DC area, she served on the Board of AIGA DC as
Reece Quinones has 14 years of experience leading
client engagements and creative teams through
print, advertising, multimedia, and interactive
design. Presently, she is an art director at a nonprofit
educational association and runs a freelance
business, Design Imprint.
For more information:
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Phone: (703) 993-8898
or visit us at http://soa.gmu.edu