Art & Design


Design studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts are grounded in graphic design and interaction design, reflecting the rapidly evolving nature of visual communication and technology. Students gain expertise in developing innovative ways of communicating ideas in a wide range of concrete and dynamic media. They acquire skills in typography, publication design, coding, and data visualization, while shaping content and form in both speculative and real-world situations.

The Rutgers MFA in design immerses students in critical inquiry and experimental making, to design for a changing world.  Combining studio work with speculative thinking, the program focuses on interdisciplinary research to inform the creation of publications, interfaces, information, and experiences. Students benefit from both the program’s intimate creative community and Rutgers’ vast opportunities for research and collaboration.

The department of Art & Design at Mason Gross offers BFA and MFA programs in design.


Atif Akin
Associate Professor
Art & Design
Arts Online
Gerry Beegan
Art & Design
Mindy Seu
Assistant Professor
Art & Design
Jacqueline Thaw
MFA in Design Director, Associate Professor
Art & Design
Community Arts

Design Lecture Series

The Design Lecture Series brings design practitioners and scholars to the department to address seminal issues in contemporary design through presentations and discussions. Each lecturer presents their critical perspective and how their unique practice addresses the current landscape. Students have an opportunity to connect with these speakers in intimate classroom conversations. All design lectures are open to the department and serve as a valuable meeting point for students in different programs.

Upcoming Lectures

Nov 02
Nov 09
Nov 16

Design Lecture Series: Channel

November 16 at 5:00 PM
Nov 23
Nov 30

Design Lecture Series: Tega Brain

November 30 at 5:00 PM