Graphic Design and Digital Media, M.A.

Recommended deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


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
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
Submit eight to ten samples of your design work as digital files in your area of interest including an annotated list providing the title, date of the work and describing the context and your role in the project. (Accepted file types: PDF, JPEG, Vimeo or YouTube)
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.