Division of Communication and Fine Arts

MFA in Collaborative Design

DEPARTMENT OF GRADUATE VISUAL ARTS

(SYMBOL: ART)

T. Goehner (Program Director)

 

The MFA in Collaborative Design prepares people with the necessary insight, skills and understanding to help organizations integrate design thinking and visual communication effectively. Non-profit organizations integrate design thinking and visual communication effectively. Non-profit organizations, ministries and NGOs as well as corporations of all kinds need well-trained, ethical design thinkers and creative problem-solvers to help them move forward and to set them apart. The MFA in Collaborative Design aims to position creative, well-trained, visual communicators in decision-making positions within organizations where they can influence positive business and visual strategy practices.

Unlike a studio art MFA, the MFA in Collaborative Design focuses on the integration of all visual communication and design thinking methods, steeped heavily in design research and practice, collaborating with non-profits and ministries while focusing on global strategies and service learning. The department invites students from a variety of undergraduate programs and professional backgrounds.

Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Collaborative Design

1. Collaborative Design Core - 27 hours

ART 7013 Faith and Practice
ART 7023 Design Research
ART 7113 Design Thinking Methods
ART 7226 Global Collaboration Strategies
ART 7313 Seminars in Methods-Research, Writing, and Teaching
ART 8216 Internship and Partnership
ART 8563 Selected Topics

2. Leadership and Ethics - 3 hours

BUS 7213 Global Leadership and Ethics

3. Projects - 21 hours

ART 7103/06 Self-Designed Projects

4. Thesis - 9 hours

ART 8023 Thesis Prep
ART 8126 Thesis Development

Minimum semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

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