Graphic Design and Digital Media MA

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.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 30

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years


The graphic design and digital media program consists of courses in studio classes, design thesis, history, theory and practice. 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.


Specialist Emphasis

For those who have an undergraduate background in graphic design or closely related field, the specialist emphasis allows the student to focus in a specific medium, such as web design, interaction design, motion design, multimedia or digital-to-print, or on a specific production type—promotional, informational, illustrative or multimedia. Students work closely with their faculty mentor to help shape their course of study. 

Generalist Emphasis

This track supports  those who want a broader exposure to multiple facets of graphic or interaction design such as students new to the discipline. 


The MA in Graphic Design and Digital Media is a 30 credit hour program in which students are paired with a faculty mentor to guide course selection. 

Master of Arts

Graphic Design Digital Media - MA

Tyler Art Gallery

The recently renovated Tyler Art Gallery allows students the opportunity to exhibit their work, and gain experience curating and installing their own show. The gallery on campus is just one place students may showcase their work, Oswego keeps a very active schedule for students to present at Oswego State Downtown and the SUNY Oswego Syracuse Campus. 


Throughout your education, you will work closely with a faculty member who will also serve as your mentor. The specialist track culminates with an exhibition, during which time you defend your work in an oral examination. The generalist track culminates with a presentation and oral defense of your work. 

Career Opportunities

  • Lead designer
  • Digital designer
  • Motion designer
  • Media strategist
  • Visual identity
  • Branding
  • Packaging
  • Interaction designer
  • Web designer
  • UX and UI designer

One of the greatest things I learned at SUNY Oswego was that the work you create can truly make a difference. 

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NASAD Accredited 

We are one of the select art departments to earn accreditation from the National Association od Schools of Art and Design.

Chancellor's Award for Faculty 

Cynthia Clabough has earned the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

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Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn’t come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript
Submit official transcripts confirming your bachelor’s or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degree/certificate. U.S. transcripts must be sent directly from the granting institution (electronic or mail). All international transcripts require verification via a World Education Services (WES) credit evaluation. If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your official transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application upon submitting your application.

Please include 8-10 samples of your art and design work. We only accept digital files. Acceptable file formats include PDF, JPG, or URL (to Vimeo, Youtube and/or your portfolio website).

Curate your portfolio to include documentation of art and design work. We recommend including samples that demonstrate your typography skills and visual composition ability. When possible include works that demonstrate system design or one concept extending across multiple media. We welcome your work samples that reflect areas you would like to study including but not limited to: 3D modeling and printing, branding, extended reality (including AR and VR), interaction design, motion design, print design, and publication design. Case studies that document some of your process work for complex projects is encouraged, but not required.

Annotated Work List
To accompany your portfolio please upload an annotated list (PDF or Word Doc) of all of the work you have included in your portfolio. For each portfolio item include:

  • Title
  • File name
  • URL, if relevant
  • Context of the project: Clearly state the intended purpose of the piece and who the intended audience is. Where relevant, please state the client.
  • Your role in the project. Be sure to indicate any stock imagery, illustrations, text, branding or other design elements that are not your own.
Statement of purpose

Your application will require you to provide concise, thoughtful, short-answer responses to these three key questions.

  • How has your personal, educational and professional experience prepared you for graduate level study of Graphic Design and Digital Media?

  • Why are you specifically interested in the MA Graphic Design and Digital Media program at SUNY Oswego? Point to specific elements of the curriculum, courses, faculty and student experiences you are particularly drawn to.

  • How does completing this program fit into your personal and professional plans?

Each question will have its input box, and you'll also have the option to upload a Word document or PDF for your responses.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae 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. We will send an email request 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.

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