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 Design Practice.

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Chen Yu Wins 2015 GD MFA Thesis Prize

3D-printed letterforms, "Typography is what language looks like"

3D-printed letterforms, “Typography is what language looks like”

Congratulations to Chen Yu for winning MICA’s 2015 Graphic Design Thesis Prize. awarded each year by the graduate faculty and guest critics to an outstanding thesis project. Critic Abbott Miller commented on Chen Yu’s work, “The attention to subtlety of detail, materials, installation, and execution makes this a stand-out project. The project is restrained yet dramatic.” You can see other amazing work by MICA’s Class of 2015 at

MICA Designers Win Breda Poster Competition

Katrina Keane and Shiva Nallaperumal, winners, Breda Poster Competition

Katrina Keane and Shiva Nallaperumal, winners, Breda Poster Competition

Designers in MICA’s GD MFA Studio II created posters for an international competition held in Breda, The Netherlands, in connection with the city’s Graphic Design Festival. 2,100 designers competed from 69 countries. Out of 50 winners, two are from MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program: Katrina Keane and Shiva Nallaperumal.

Some designers chose to comment on global issues such as human trafficking, income inequality, and privacy, while others focused on topics from within the world of visual communication and media, such as body image and the economics of white space. See more MICA student entries!

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


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