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Design. Write. Integrate. You'll have the skills needed to excel in today's ever-evolving communication industry.

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Combining theory and practice, this 36-credit Master of Arts program integrates conceptual thinking, design, professional writing and research across multiple forms of media. Founded in the late 1970s, the program’s evolving curriculum has consistenly prepared students to adapt to rapid changes in the fields of design and communications.

How the program works:
You’ll focus on the four pillars of visual communication:

  • graphic design
  • web design
  • motion graphics
  • professional writing.

Your courses will help you develop complementary skills in design and writing across multiple platforms, and build a solid foundation in research, creative process, professional writing and design principles and strategies.

In your final semester, you'll have the opportunity to practice what you've learned through a two-course capstone experience. In Seminar in Publications Design, you'll work in a team to address a real-world design challenge. Using the problem-solving skills you've developed throughout the program, you and your teammates will produce a complete solution and present it to judges drawn from the professional community. At the same time, you will take the Portfolio course where you will develop and refine your professional portfolio.

You’ll graduate prepared to pursue or advance a career in a corporate or nonprofit setting, in fields such as web design, graphic design, marketing communications and public relations, to name a few.

Learn more about the Publications Design program requirements.

You don't have to come to Baltimore for your UB degree.

You can also complete this program in convenient  weekend and online  formats at the  Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md.

Learn from the best:
Our full-time faculty are scholars, graphic and interaction designers, media critics, writers, filmmakers and videographers who, like the program itself, combine the intellectual, the academic and the professional. In addition, our adjunct professors come from Baltimore’s creative community to share their expertise in writing, graphic design and business practices.

Put theory into practice:
The Klein Family School of Communications Design employs students to manage its Digital Design Studio (DDS), a state-of-the-art lab focused on design in all media and formats. DDS assistants get paid (student assistants) or receive tuition remission and a stipend (graduate assistants) while gaining invaluable technical experience. Learn more about working as a Digital Design Studio Assistant.

Life after grad school:

As a graduate of this unusual program, you will follow alumni who have made their mark in a variety of local, regional and national settings as successful editors, writers, and Web and graphic designers. Some work for large corporations, some for small businesses, some for nonprofits and government agencies and others have created their own freelance and consulting businesses.


Classes are offered evenings and weekends, and some courses are offered in the summer.