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.
Duration of Program
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
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 or certificate 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.
Transcripts for all institutions attended
TOEFL or IELTS exam scores for international students
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
INSH 5301 - Introduction to Computational Statistics
Please note: this curriculum is for marketing purposes only, and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the Course Catalog.
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