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New Program Announcement

Hello MCAD Community:

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new academic program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). The Master of Arts in Graphic and Web Design is a fully online 30-credit program. The program is designed with the working adult in mind, allowing flexibility through several full-time or part-time paths of completion. Students may enroll beginning spring, 2018.

The online Master of Arts Degree in Graphic and Web Design (MAGWD) will provide a rigorous and professional course of study to prepare students for careers in the field of graphic and web design.

The program blends theoretical and practical work in the topics of design history and theory; typography and visual communication; research and ideation processes; web specific design and development. The program will also address professional topics related to the design field, including developing and presenting creative vision and voice; workflow and client relationships. The program recognizes and addresses that the modern designer is expected to enter the workforce as a well-rounded contributor in print, digital, and web environments.

The Master of Arts in Graphic and Web Design will engage students from around the world in shared discourse across diverse sectors of design and development, planning, branding, and business and entrepreneurial communities to study a wide range of personal, professional, and business issues that promote best practices in the expanding field of design.

The Master of Arts in Graphic and Web Design addresses the educational needs of students who are:

  • graphic designers with a print focus seeking knowledge and skills in the field of interactive and web design
  • marketing, design, and business/entrepreneurial professionals seeking to improve their skills and knowledge in graphic and web design; or developers seeking to expand their design skills
  • recent graduates in the design, business, and marketing fields who are seeking to extend their education with more specialized knowledge in an online learning environment
  • motivated to gain greater skills and knowledge in the field of graphic and web design in preparation for career change or advancement in the above areas

Application requirements include personal statements; a portfolio; letters of recommendation; a resume or C.V.; and official transcripts. More information can be found at


As a follow up, this would not have happened without Lafe Smith and James Johnson, who tirelessly, creatively, and thoughtfully worked on the planning, curriculum development and accreditation proposal. And thanks to Melissa Huybrecht and Mary Kazura in Admissions and Karen Wirth and Jim Burke in Academic Affairs for their support.


Friday, November 17