As a designer in the 21st century, you must be fluent in the language and concepts of multiple media—not only print, but also motion/video and web-based technologies.
This 60-credit Master of Fine Arts program offers an integration of print, video and digital media design like no other in the country.
We've got answers. Check out our 19-minute webinar to learn more about UB's M.A. and M.F.A. programs in Integrated Design.
- You'll develop problem-solving skills for conceptualizing design solutions to communications problems, design skills that make those solutions effective and production skills that allow you to realize those solutions.
- You'll earn the academic credential most sought after by colleges and universities hiring design faculty.
- You'll study with some of the region's top designers, who are our part-time faculty. Our flexible approach to course content attracts teachers who enjoy creative freedom. In turn, these talented professionals attract students who are serious about learning design from the best instructors.
- When you graduate, you'll join a network of alumni who are employed as art directors, senior magazine designers, directors of publications for museums, senior designers in design firms and university professors.
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 .
Classes are offered evenings, and some courses are offered in the summer for continuing students.
Meet M.F.A. student Stacy Adam
"My interests in stamps started several years ago, when the post office never seemed to have stamps available that matched a theme for an invitation I was creating. As a graphic designer, I was tired of feeling like I had to settle for something that didn't match the rest of the invitation package, so I started looking online and came across vintage stamps, which opened up a whole new world of possibilities. From there, I began collecting vintage stamps that I was attracted to. Topics like women's rights, fine arts and textiles, and astronomy. I'm drawn to stamps that are well designed and eye catching. My love of stamp collecting, and learning about the history behind the stamp and the country of origin, led me to philately. I was shocked when I learned that the demographic numbers of one of the largest stamp organizations in the United States was only 9% female, which seemed to be vastly different from the community I was engaged with on social media.
The purpose of my thesis is to encourage more women to call themselves a philatelist, who – despite their interests in stamps, snail mail, postcards, and other philatelic topics – are hesitant to do so. In order to promote a sense of community and empower these women to find their place in a hobby largely dominated by men, I will interview other women who are active philatelists and then present their stories in a printed book, on a website, and on social media profiles that will be dedicated to informing and connecting women in the hobby. This project is not only important for the future of philately, which is often viewed as a dying hobby, but it will also contribute to the larger conversation of representation, inclusion, and the empowerment of women. It is my goal to see women more equally represented throughout this hobby."
Stacy was recently featured by the American Philatelic Society:
Meet M.F.A. student Katie Watkins
Katie wanted a master's program that would expand her creative mind and fit within her life outside the classroom. She found what she needed in UB's M.F.A. in Integrated Design program, which includes studies of print and graphic design, motion graphics, and digital strategy, and also offers a selection of electives that leave room to build skills for the career you want. Apply now.
For more information about graduate admission, please contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org, 410.837.6565.