Maryland Institute College of Art

About the Graphic Design MFA at MICA

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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GD MFA Celebrates Twelve Years

GD MFA | Class Photo

Congratulations to GD MFA’s graduating Class of 2016 and to our rising Class of 2017. Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips welcome new graduate faculty, Jason Gottlieb.


Thank-you tribute from twelve years of GD MFA graduates, created by Hieu Tran, GD MFA 2016.

Benedikt Reichenbach Inspires Thesis Explorations

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.

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Books designed in GD MFA workshop

Books designed in GD MFA workshop

Type on Screen

GD MFA students and faculty have published a series of books about design in partnership with Princeton Architectural Press. Our latest title, Type on Screen, is now available for purchase on Amazon. The book was written, designed, and produced by GD MFA students and faculty.


GD MFA Thesis Projects