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.
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.