Master in Web Design & New Media

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Master in Web Design & New Media

Academy of Art University

web design

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in web design and new media. Progress in the MFA degree is measured through a rigorous process, both at the midpoint and final reviews.

Studio courses develop creative and technical acumen, with attention to mastering user experience design, while advanced courses provide a focused learning environment for building final thesis projects. Students will graduate with a portfolio and comprehensive thesis project showcasing their talent.

MFA Web Design & New Media Unit Requirements

  • Major 27 units
  • Directed Study 18 units
  • Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
  • Electives* 6 units

TOTAL 63 units

*Per director approval

MFA Web Design & New Media Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units

MFA Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

MFA Thesis Project

  • Present a clearly defined design project worthy of the MFA degree
  • Provide proof of concept demonstrating the feasibility of the project
  • Produce a final thesis project demonstrating design thinking, and visual communication and technical skills

Design Thinking

  • Conduct appropriate market research and apply findings to design decisions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of thesis topic and identify resources for content development
  • Identify appropriate platform(s) and adapt designs accordingly

Visual Communication

  • Effectively utilize grid, hierarchy, typography, color, and composition
  • Demonstrate interactive design principles as appropriate to the project

Technical Abilities

Demonstrate an understanding of the technical skills necessary to execute the thesis project.

User Experience

  • Clearly define the target audience demonstrating a consideration of both primary and secondary users
  • Develop final testing plan based on initial explorations
  • Apply testing results to refine project throughout the design process.

Professional Readiness

  • Effectively articulate and defend ideas and processes
  • Demonstrate organizational skills in the thesis proposal and record of thesis project development process
  • Develop and demonstrate the skills required for the chosen professional path, as demonstrated in the thesis project, portfolio and personal website

Visit to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.

All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation.

The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Architectural Design; Art Education; Communications & Media Technologies; Game Development; Game Programming; Graphic Design; Graphic Design & Digital Media; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture & Design; New Media & Web Design. For more information on approved STEM programs, how to apply, and more common questions about studying as an international student at the Academy of Art University, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

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Last updated February 21, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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2 years
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982 USD
USA - San Francisco, California
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