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.
Priority deadline for scholarship consideration: February 1
Deadline for international applicants: May 1
Deadline for domestic applicants: August 1
- Application form
- Application fee
- Transcripts for all institutions attended
- TOEFL or IELTS exam scores for international students
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Portfolio via Slideroom
- Learn more about our admissions process from the College of Arts, Media and Design
In consultation with faculty advisor, complete four courses from the following:
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- 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.
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