dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel Graphic Design Track


Explore the relationships between humans and their designed environments with internationally recognized faculty and your graduate student peers! The opportunities and resources available at a major research university located in a vibrant urban setting are further enhanced by cultural amenities and economic opportunities. The Walker Art Center, the Goldstein Museum of Design, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Textile Center and the AIGA–Minnesota offer design exhibits, lectures, workshops and other exciting programs.


The track in Graphic Design focuses on design theory, process, and methods related to design practice and research. Potential areas of study include multicultural communication, visual representation of information, human interaction with designed objects, social and cultural implications of design, color systems and perception, design history, and design education. Students and faculty collaboratively develop designed objects and information resources that will enhance people’s lives.


The College of Design, home of the Graphic Design Track in the Design Graduate Program, also has areas of study in architecture, apparel design, housing studies, interior design, landscape architecture, product design and retail merchandising. The College has impressive technology resources (traditional and digital fabrication), and letterpress, surface design and screen-printing facilities. All graphic design graduate students are provided with dedicated studio space.


Degree options include the Master of Art (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 


Prospective Students

Minimum Admission Requirements:  Minimum Admission Requirements: Prospective applicants to the graphic design track should have an undergraduate or graduate degree in graphic design or a related field. Those without similar credentials must have completed at least 12 semester credits of relevant design coursework or have accumulated a minimum of 3 years of professional design experience.


Information on Funding and Tuition:  Financial support in the form of graduate assistantships is available on a limited basis and is based upon the expertise of the student and the needs of the department. Assistantship offers will not be made until after the student has been accepted into the program.  Assistantship availability is not guaranteed.   More information.



Graphic Design Faculty

Required Coursework (Degree Planning Sheets), Transfer Credits

Application & Info

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Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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