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DESIGN@UB

Your Design@UB Degree Is Your Creation

Students in Design@UB programs study concepts central to human-centered design, including design research, design authorship, human-computer interaction, user research, interface design, graphic design, typography and motion design.

Program Options

For more than 35 years, UB has trained designers to make a difference in their communities and in their careers. UB’s design programs are practice-based and take a holistic approach to design education. Learn more about what you could do next when you Design@UB.

  • Graduate Degrees

    Design@UB students are fluent in the languages of analog and digital design. They generate sustainable ideas and integrate them, both individually and in collaboration, into many communications environments.

    Students are prepared for future-facing careers in design, motion media, interface design, user experience, user research and academia.

    Your design education goals are important to us. Design@UB allows you to choose from a number of electives to create the degree that best suits you.

    Degree possibilities are:

    • Master of Arts in Publications Design Learn More
    • Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Design Learn More
    • Master of Science in Interaction Design and Information Architecture Learn More
    • Doctor of Science in Information and Interaction Design Learn More
  • Undergraduate Degrees

    Undergraduate students in our programs develop a critical viewpoint, analyze media, enhance their technical and 3D modeling skills, and tie theory and practice together.

    Students learn graphic design, video production, motion graphics, writing and public relations. Graduates will have a solid theoretical background tied to real-world experience that allows them to use their creativity to make an immediate impact in a variety of roles and industries. Degree possibilities are:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Communication Learn More
    • Bachelor of Science in Simulation and Game Design Learn More
  • Graduate Certificate Programs

    Have a professional interest in design? Exploring a career change? Not ready to dive headfirst into a full master’s program? These certificates will help you explore multiple possibilities. Options include:

    • Certificate in Digital Communication Learn More
    • Certificate in Digital Media Production Learn More
    • Certificate in User Experience (UX) Design Learn More

The Value of Design at UB

Design is about much more than how good something looks. Good design often marks the difference between useful and useless, with a big impact on the bottom line. That’s why design professionals are always in demand.

Design@UB offers competitive tuition rates for a top-notch design education built to prepare students for rewarding careers.

Fall 2017 Tuition Rates

  • Bachelor’s programs: $3,371/semester full time (12+ credits) in state, $9,311/semester full time out of state, $308/credit part time in state and $973/credit part time out of state
  • Master’s programs: $730/credit in state, $1,091/credit out of state
  • Design@UB offers in-state tuition rates for all M.S. in Interaction Design and Information Architecture online students and for any Design@UB master’s students who live in Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Delaware; or select areas of South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia.
  • Doctoral program: $932/credit in state, $1,582/credit out of state

Want to learn more about financial aid and costs for Design@UB programs?

Student Profile: Emily Kunz, M.F.A. '16
  • Emily

    “The [M.F.A. in] Integrated Design program offered me the opportunity to tailor my studies to fill in the gaps in my visual communications knowledge. I came into the program with a background in print and photography and left with the ability to build websites and create a user experience, capture and edit video, and create motion graphics to tell dynamic stories. This interdisciplinary integration was undoubtedly the reason I was able to land my job as a lead designer for the University of California, Davis. I also teach graphic design to online web design students. The UB M.F.A. program has given me the vocabulary to identify, explain and solve communication problems I see in my students’ work. My thesis, an interactive cross-media documentary, showcases the skills gained in the M.F.A. program and the aesthetic I developed in my time at UB.”

Student Creative Works Gallery