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Assurance of Learning: M.A. in Publications Design

Mission Statement: The mission of the Master of Arts in Publications Design program is to help students develop critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills to address a wide variety of communication challenges in both writing and design. The curriculum provides students with instruction in concepts, knowledge, and skills in writing and design across media, and offers hands-on learning opportunities in which students integrate writing and design. Graduates of this program are prepared for jobs as graphic designers, writers, directors of communications and/or publications, and a variety of other positions in businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and freelance businesses.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduating from the M.A. in Publications Design program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the conceptual, aesthetic and strategic communication skills required of professional writers and designers
  • integrate design and writing
  • analyze current and emerging technologies for writing and design
  • effectively communicate to specific audiences through writing and design
  • demonstrate an understanding of the historical and societal impact of communication issues
  • collaborate to manage and present solutions to complex communications challenges.