The MFA in Information Design and Visualization is a one-of-a-kind two-year interdisciplinary graduate program focused on the analytical and visual communication of information.
The first MFA program entirely dedicated to Information Design and Visualization trains students in harnessing visual languages to support discovery and communicate information across a range of socially relevant issues. Our students have the unique advantage of studying at a major research university known for interdisciplinary collaboration located in Boston, a global center for technology, science, and education and a hotspot for information design and data visualization.
Graduates will be professional information designers able to collaborate effectively in this dynamic and burgeoning field of practice and research. They will be prepared to work in design agencies, research institutions, companies, and public institutions. The program intends to produce professionals skilled in design principles and practices needed to assume leadership roles in an evolving interdisciplinary field. Students will also be well positioned to pursue PhDs and academic careers.
We seek applicants from diverse backgrounds who are interested in exploring data, visual and auditory design, perception, and creative inquiry. Both practicing professionals and recent undergraduates in fields such as architecture, graphic design, journalism, business, the humanities and sciences are welcome to apply.
The first MFA program entirely dedicated to Information Design and Visualization.
The program offers studio courses, lectures, and seminars in design, strategy, theory, research methodologies, and historical and cultural literacy.
Graduates will be prepared to work in design firms, research firms, corporations and government agencies.
A graduate degree, certificate, or bootcamp from Northeastern—a top-40 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
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Master of Fine Arts in Information Design and Visualization Core Requirements
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
ARTG 5100 - Information Design Studio 1: Principles
ARTG 6100 - Information Design Studio 2: Dynamic Mapping and Models
ARTG 6200 - Information Design Studio 3: Synthesis
Theory and Research Methods
ARTG 5120 - Research Methods for Design
ARTG 5330 - Visualization Technologies 1
ARTG 6110 - Information Design Theory and Critical Thinking
Typography and History
ARTG 5110 - Information Design History
ARTG 5130 - Visual Communication for Information Design
ARTG 7100 - Thesis Seminar for Design
ARTG 7990 - Thesis
4.00 - 8.00
In consultation with faculty advisor, complete four courses from the following:
ARTG 5310 - Visual Cognition
ARTG 5320 - Statistics Basics for Designers
ARTG 6310 - Design for Behavior and Experience
ARTG 6320 - Design of Information-Rich Environments
ARTG 6330 - Information Design Mapping Strategies
ARTG 6900 - Special Topics in Design
DA 5020 - Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data
DA 5030 - Introduction to Data Mining/Machine Learning
PPUA 5301 - Introduction to Computational Statistics
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they’re teaching.
Research — Students collaborate with faculty in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the most pressing challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.