Selected from an international pool of applicants, students
in MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program include experienced designers who are seeking to reinvigorate their work as well as professionals and advanced students from related disciplines, such as digital media, photography, journalism, and the fine arts. GD MFA students pursue advanced studio work in graphic design as well as courses in the history and theory of art, design, and culture. Students work in print, animation, web design, product development, environmental design, and other media. Courses dedicated to the help students learn to use writing as a powerful and expressive communication tool. They receive professional development experience through MICA’s Teaching Internship
program and through fellowships with the Center for Design Thinking
and the Center for Social Design
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The 2016 thesis group is hard at work refining the scope of their projects and channeling their energy around specific goals and questions. Berlin-based designer, editor and publisher Benedikt Reichenbach inspired students to create a poster that is also a book. One side of each poster contains only images; the other side contains only text. During the workshop, thesis students gathered material and distilled it into text/image dichotomies. The result was fourteen individual books and posters, presented in an exhibition at the end of an intensive weekend. Reichenbach prepared his workshop in Berlin and delivered it to Baltimore. We enjoyed the chance to meet him in person to share the results.
Benedikt Reichenbach received his MA in philosophy and history with a thesis about the ban on images in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer and editor in Berlin and New York, for JRP Ringier, Sternberg Press, Birkhaeuser, Phaidon Press, and Aperture Foundation. This year, he is a visual artist in the esteemed Whitney Program at Whitney Museum of American Art.
A selection of stills from the Class of 2017’s “Alter Ego” video interviews
For the fifth consecutive year, MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program welcomed Silas Munro to campus as a visiting designer, September 11-13, 2015. In a three-day weekend workshop, Silas launched our “Alter Ego” project, challenging MFA designers to create a new, imaginary design psyche. This year’s workshop included improvisation exercises and video interviews exploring each persona’s dreams and aspirations. In the weeks to come, MFA designers will use their “Alter Egos” as points of departure in an extended project (directed by Jennifer Cole Phillips and Jason M. Gottlieb). Each designer will author a new work from a new point of view.
Silas Munro presents the student’s final “Alter Ego” videos
Silas Munro makes and teaches graphic design that is beautiful and smart, with empathy for humanity. He is Faculty for the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts and was recently appointed full-time faculty of graphic design at Miami University of Ohio. He holds a MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts and a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD.