Graphic Design (MGD)
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Graphic Design (MGD) Overview
As of 8.1.23, applications and new enrollment for the 23-24 academic year to the MGD program have been paused. All currently enrolled students will progress through the program to completion.
The goal of Chatham’s Master of Graphic Design (MGD) interdisciplinary program is to prepare students to face the changing role of today’s graphic designers and embrace new creative opportunities as they arise. At the core of this program is the ability to develop critical connections between the designer, the designed, and the end-user. The MGD also bridges creativity with spatial planning, environmental graphics, and story-telling through branded identities.
The application deadline is July 1.
Chatham offers a 30 credit hour Master in Graphic Design.
Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.
A thesis advisor and advisory board work closely with each student to guide his or her research and to facilitate the free flow of ideas amongst departments and graduate students in other disciplines.
Explore the Master of Graphic Design Degree:
- Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
If a student has below a 3.0 GPA, please feel free to apply if you show extreme promise through other achievements. Additional Admissions documents may be requested.
Completed application for admission by the posted deadline, including:
- Online application
- Admissions Essay (current prompt found in application portal)
- Curriculum vitae or Resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Portfolio or other examples of your work in various forms of media; please provide a wide array of two-dimensional works: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphics, etc. Can be submitted as an uploaded document and/or a website shared.
Admissions Materials can be uploaded in the application or submitted to:
Office of Graduate Admission-Berry Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Integrated Degree Program
Chatham University undergraduates applying through the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) must complete all requirements outlined on their respective admission or track tab on the IDP Portal Site. All IDP applicants should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they are meeting all requirements according to their IDP course of study.
In addition to the 30-credit MGD program, Chatham also offers an MFA (36 credit hours) in Graphic Design. Admittance to the MFA program requires departmental approval and a six-credit thesis project.
Ultimately design is a plan. Chatham has the hands-on experienced faculty to share with a diverse group of talented students, creative processes for success. Working with professionals in the field, traditional and digital media, we refine student skills and help them to express their unique creative voices. Students complete the program with stellar final portfolios that showcase their specialized skillsets and position them for the future.
–MARK BENDER, assistant professor in graphic design and media arts
Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.
Setting You Up for Success
From art direction to corporate communications to multimedia design specialties, our program moves through topics in design that encompass a wide array of professional challenges. Leveraging our networks, students employ their talents and knowledge to solve real-world problems with clients in the community.
Local Networking Opportunities
Students can take advantage of Pittsburgh’s professional design resources and organizations such as AIGA Pittsburgh, the Professional Association for Design, and Artist Image Resources.
Help Funding Your Degree
Chatham offers campus job opportunities, as well as a 20% tuition reduction through its partnership with selected employers.View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 4 - Help Funding Your Degree