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Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

Visual Communication Design Defined

At JSU, we aim to revolutionize the traditional graphic design educational model into one that addresses current social, cultural, and technological issues. The term Visual Communication Design more accurately reflects an evolving multidisciplinary industry where designers use technology, design, and social awareness to solve problems that inform, educate, and elicit responses from end users. Through our engaging and hands-on MFA curriculum, we prepare students for an ever-changing industry by merging theory and practice into a pedagogical model that focuses on formal, technical and conceptual skills through independent and instructor-led learning opportunities.


Degree Program

The MFA in Visual Communication and Design at JSU is a terminal degree that allows students to concentrate in one specific discipline under the umbrella of Visual Communication Design (for example, web design or illustration) OR to complete individually crafted interdisciplinary programs of study also under the umbrella of Visual Communication Design. The course of study integrates both research and studio components and is designed to assist students in developing a professional portfolio by the completion of their degree. The 60 hour MFA program, with a recommended completion time of three years, also prepares graduates to teach at the University level.

Both scholarships and teaching assistant positions are available to qualified applicants.


Want more information?

Call Jamie Runnells, Graduate Coordinator at 256-782-5661 or View our Digital Brochure


Our Team

Jamie Runnells

JAMIE RUNNELLS

MFA COORDINATOR & ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

MDes (Master of Design), Edinburgh College of Art [Scotland]

J. Seth Johnson

J. SETH JOHNSON

DEPARTMENT HEAD & PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

MFA in Graphic Design, The University of Tennessee

Margaret Ellen Poplin

MARGARET ELLEN POPLIN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

MFA in Visual Communications, The Savannah College of Art and Design

Chad Anderson

CHAD ANDERSON

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

MFA in Electronic Visualization, Mississippi State University

Bryce Lafferty

BRYCE LAFFERTY

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DRAWING & PAINTING

BA, Central Connecticut State University

MFA, University of North Texa

Doug Clark

DOUG CLARK

MFA (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR)

MFA in Photography, Central Washington University, WA

Sarah Cusimano Miles

SARAH CUSIMANO MILES

MFA (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR)

MFA in Photography, The University of Alabama

Allison Mcelroy

ALLISON MCELROY

MFA (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR)

KAREN I. HENRICKS

PROFESSOR OF ART

PhD in Art History and Archaeology

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