Graphic Design and Digital Media, M.A.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

January 22, 2018

Cost per credit hour


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The evolution of media has created a vast array of creative opportunities – from solving problems to communicating with consumers. Our program combines the foundational knowledge of form, function and aesthetic while exploring the diverse functions of visual communication.

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What you will study: 

Our 30-credit program consists of courses in studio, thesis, history, theory and practice. Candidates choose to focus in a specific medium such as the web, interactive, or print, or to focus on a specific production type such as promotional, informational, or illustrative. The curriculum is structured into two tracks, offering students with an undergraduate degree in a related area of study the opportunity to develop a specialization, and offering students from outside of the discipline the opportunity for general study within design to complement an undergraduate degree.

  • ART 508 - Graduate Graphic Design—Print Media, credit: 3
  • ART 509 - Graduate Multimedia, credit: 3
  • ART 514 - Graduate Graphic Design—Individual Problems, credit: 3
  • ART 517 - Graduate Web Design, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

Oswego's program allowed me expand my portfolio by addressing design briefs and presenting full case studies. I especially appreciated the flexibility to explore the craft I wanted to expand, while also pushing me to incorporate new mediums and ideas.
Lily Choi, '15 M'17

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Learning outcomes: 

Throughout your education, you will work closely with a faculty member who will also serve as your mentor. Our degree culminates with an exhibition, during which time students defend their work in an oral examination. Graduates can explore career options that could expand into management level positions within design firms, agencies and businesses.

Lead Designer

Digital Designer

Media Strategist

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
Application fee