Study Graphic Design in Boston

Today's graphic designers must possess a technical and aesthetic skill set that is both contemporary and fluid. In order to create innovative multidisciplinary designs, you have to be proficient in a wider range of media. Our NASAD accredited Master of Arts program in Graphic Design was created to meet the challenge of this constantly evolving field. It emphasizes sophisticated design and communication skills using new and emerging technologies, combining a curriculum that is practice-oriented. As an candidate in Suffolk’s MA in Graphic Design Program your program will culminate with a thesis project that enables you to pursue a path of advanced study in an aspect of design that interest you. Because of this individualized approach, you’ll work closely with the Graduate Program Director, the design faculty and thesis advisors to develop sophisticated and contemporary design solutions.

Graphic Design Graduate Program Objectives

  • Develop creative, intellectual and practical skills to grow aesthetically and professionally.
  • Provide a context for advanced study and research beyond the baccalaureate level.
  • Offer a balanced approach to design, equally emphasizing theory and practice.
  • Create a visually engaging, conceptually strong and competitive professional portfolio.
  • Develop awareness of global design trends and multicultural traditions through international study.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the master’s degree must complete a course of study consisting of 30 to 102 credits.

Applicants possessing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design can typically complete their master's degree with 30 credits of graduate study (700-level or higher).

Applicants possessing an undergraduate degree in the visual arts (other than graphic design) can often be exempted from the Foundation Program, leaving foundational graphic design coursework (a maximum of 43 undergraduate credits) and 30 credits of graduate study (700-level or higher) to complete. You should expect to spend at least two and, in some cases, up to four years of year-round study to complete the degree.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a field not related to the visual arts, you will be generally required to complete a maximum of 72 credits of Foundation and Foundational Graphic Design study, as well as 30 credits of graduate study (700-level or higher). You should expect to spend at least three and, in some cases, up to four years of year-round study to complete the degree.

All graduate students should be aware that the specific courses for which they are permitted to register in any given semester will depend on prior art background, transfer/waived credits, prerequisite requirements and course scheduling. Therefore it may not be possible for a student who wishes to take a full course load to do so.

Graphic Design Studio Elective

or

Other approved graduate level elective


Second Semester (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • ADG-S822 Graphic Design Graduate Studio II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S820

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this advanced-level studio, students will continue their exploration of the more complex graphic design projects begun in Graphic Design Graduate Studio I (ADG S820), with the emphasis on design problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Students will be exposed to projects that encompass a broad variety of design circumstances and they will be encouraged to guide the client to more inventive and unique solutions. Considerable research will be involved and students will learn to recognize unique opportunities in the field. Open to graduate students only. Normally offered Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S842 Graphic Design Thesis Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADG 840

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Graphic Design Thesis is a focused independent project on a single original topic, developed by the student working in conjunction with a team of advisors. During this studio course students will test various formats for visualizing their thesis and will execute the design work necessary to realize their project. Emphasis will be placed on creative inquiry and the development of unique solutions that are conceptually strong and content rich. The final thesis will be comprised of the design project along with extensive written documentation. Students must demonstrate independence in relation to their own design process and the ability to realize a complex graphic design solution.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-700 Graphic Design Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    Consent of Program Director required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Masters candidates are required to pursue an internship with a graphic design firm or agency. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore areas within the graphic design field that they have not previously experienced. Interns will observe and participate in all office procedures permitted by their place of internship and will be required to maintain a journal of their observations and submit sample work. Required classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences, and answer questions or concerns. Students with prior extensive and documented work experience in the field may be exempt from the internship requirement, with the approval of the Graphic Design Program Director; however, such students will be required to substitute a 3-credit studio elective for the internship. Offered each semester.

Graphic Design Studio Elective

or

Other approved graduate level elective


Third Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

  • ADG-S844 Graphic Design Thesis Documentation Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course represents the final phase of the thesis process. Having defined the design problem, completed the necessary research and finalized the design solution, the students will then document the process and project in written and visual form. Thesis documentation will consist of the visual manifestation of the design solution as well the professional level production of a printed, bound volume or other appropriate format in which the thesis project, research, and solution are presented in both text and images. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Suggested Course Sequence

First Semester (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • ADG-810 Graphic Design Graduate Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The graphic design graduate seminar should be taken during the student's first semester in the MAGD program, ideally before significant work on the thesis begins. The seminar will begin with class visits by visionaries and innovators in art-related fields, who will present their work, providing students the opportunity to begin exploration of these designers' thought processes. This exposure is intended to aid students in coalescing their own methods of thinking, approaching and executing their own work. Two student-designed projects will follow: a presentation on the work of a design innovator identified and selected by the student, and the compilation and execution of a theoretical project based on a societal need. Students are encouraged to present in any combination of field-appropriate media and both projects are intended to encourage the independent thinking required in the preparation of the thesis.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S820 Graphic Design Graduate Studio I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this graduate studio, students will explore complex graphic design problems, particularly those that require a multi-disciplinary approach (print, web, signage, etc.). The purpose of the course is to extend the student's viewpoint beyond simple one-dimensional solutions and to encourage thoughtful and inventive design as well as innovative problem-solving. Normally offered Fall semester. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S840 Graphic Design Thesis Research Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Master's program in Graphic Design culminates in a thesis, an independent project based on an original idea designed and developed by the student in concert with a team of advisers. Thesis Research Studio requires the definition of a graphic design problem, research of case studies and visual works relevant to the thesis topic, and the creation of an outline for the thesis studio project. The class will culminate in the preparation of printed documentation, as well as an oral/visual presentation. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Graphic Design Studio Elective

or

Other approved graduate level elective


Thesis

The master’s program culminates in a final thesis project, an independent inquiry based on an original idea associated with a student’s chosen area of concentration. Graphic Design Thesis Research (ADG S840), Thesis Studio (ADG S842), and Thesis Documentation (ADG S844) are the core courses in the master’s program curriculum sequence. Successful completion of Thesis Research is a prerequisite for enrollment in Thesis Studio. Successful completion of Thesis Studio is likewise a prerequisite for enrollment in Thesis Documentation.

Portfolio Review and Thesis Exhibition

End-of-semester Portfolio Reviews are required of all master’s and pre-master’s students, as is participation in the Graduate Student Thesis Exhibition.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for admission in the fall. You may study full- or part-time. Merit-based scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • International applicants: Successful completion of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic
  • Portfolio required (20 pieces of recent original artwork)
  • Portfolio submitted through online process with Slideroom.com
  • Interview with Director required

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Courses

  • ADG-624 History of Graphic Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The first part of this course will focus on the history of graphic design from prehistoric times to the Industrial Revolution, including the origins of graphic communications in the ancient world, the development of the alphabet and early printing methods, and typography. The second portion will concentrate on the period from the mid 19th-century to the present, and will include the Arts and Crafts Movement, the various 'isms' and their influence on modern art, the Bauhaus and International Style, and contemporary visual systems and image making.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-637 Professional Practice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to provide final preparation for employment in the field of graphic design. In addition to helping each student develop a professional portfolio, the course will provide students with practical knowledge of the business aspects of graphic design, interviewing skills, resume preparation, and a portfolio website.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-700 Graphic Design Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    Consent of Program Director required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Masters candidates are required to pursue an internship with a graphic design firm or agency. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore areas within the graphic design field that they have not previously experienced. Interns will observe and participate in all office procedures permitted by their place of internship and will be required to maintain a journal of their observations and submit sample work. Required classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences, and answer questions or concerns. Students with prior extensive and documented work experience in the field may be exempt from the internship requirement, with the approval of the Graphic Design Program Director; however, such students will be required to substitute a 3-credit studio elective for the internship. Offered each semester.

  • ADG-704 Art and Architecture of the Italian Renaissance

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This international study course introduces students to Italian Renaissance art, artists and culture from the first evidence in the Italian Gothic (around the 1260s) to the Early and High Renaissance, predominantly in Florence and Venice, up to the 1600s. The course will survey the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture as works are studied individually, not only for their formal elements and visual importance, but also within their aesthetic, historic, political and cultural contexts. Class discussion and a visual analysis of works of art will encourage personal interpretation and critical thinking. This course is offered in conjunction with Italian Journal (ADG S702) on-site in Tuscany and Venice.

  • ADG-810 Graphic Design Graduate Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The graphic design graduate seminar should be taken during the student's first semester in the MAGD program, ideally before significant work on the thesis begins. The seminar will begin with class visits by visionaries and innovators in art-related fields, who will present their work, providing students the opportunity to begin exploration of these designers' thought processes. This exposure is intended to aid students in coalescing their own methods of thinking, approaching and executing their own work. Two student-designed projects will follow: a presentation on the work of a design innovator identified and selected by the student, and the compilation and execution of a theoretical project based on a societal need. Students are encouraged to present in any combination of field-appropriate media and both projects are intended to encourage the independent thinking required in the preparation of the thesis.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-850 Graphic Design & Business: a Symbiotic Relationship

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Business is changing rapidly. Students in the Masters in Graphic Design program emerge with insights and skills ready to put to good use in the marketplace. Informing students about pertinent contemporary business practices will give them an additional area of readiness for their profession.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-900 Graphic Design Directed Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The student completes a Directed Study Project, either studio (ADG S900) or non-studio (ADG 900), under the supervision of a graphic design faculty member. All directed study request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and schedule, and must be approved by the individual faculty member, the Graphic Design Program Director and the NESADSU Chairman. Available each semester. Credits vary.

  • ADG-910 Graphic Design Independent Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An Independent Study provides the student with the opportunity to examine an issue of interest that falls outside the parameters of the existing curricula. The students will work on a one on one basis with a full time faculty member to realize a particular and well-defined goal. All proposals for Independant Study must be approved by the Dean's Office in advance of the beginning of the semester during which the work will be completed.

  • ADG-S601 Basic Typography

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 or ADF S551

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce students to the creative use of typography in the design process and will provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to accurately specify and render type.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S602 Computer Typography

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 OR ADG S601 AND ADG S219 OR ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This advanced course focuses on the translation of the historical knowledge and hand skills learned in Basic Typography into an electronic format. Students will learn how to produce quality type in electronic format as well as experiment with and explore type through electronic manipulation.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S604 Design Beyond Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This multidisciplinary, hybrid course will focus on contemporary trends within Graphic Design. Students will gain understanding though the study of communication and marketing theory case studies and how those theories can be connected to the contemporary issues and topics facing designers today

  • ADG-S606 Graphic Design I

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S551 OR ADF S151

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Emphasizing the creative process from thumbnail to comprehensive, this course will also introduce the student to the language, tools, and techniques of the professional graphic designer. Attention will be paid to conceptualization, production and presentation in solving design problems. This course will expose the student to a series of assignments designed to show step-by-step problem solving from observation and research, to the incorporation of these findings into the design of communication vehicles.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S607 Graphic Design II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S206 OR ADG S606 AND ADG S219 OR ADGS 619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the skills learned in Graphic Design I.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S613 Web Design I

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S219 OR ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce basic web site design and creation skills to students in order to prepare them for more advanced study in Web Design II. The class will use a variety of industry standard software to design and create basic working websites. Students will learn HTML, XHTML and CSS. Javascript, Flash and Action Scripting will be discussed and presented as supplemental tools. Information architecture, wire frames, interface design, user experience and web page layouts will be explored in depth. The history, societal context and future of new media will be discussed throughout the semester. Software: Dreamweaver, Photoshop and/or Fireworks.

  • ADG-S614 Illustration

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102 OR ADF S502

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the skills necessary for meeting clients' illustration needs in a variety of media appropriate to their context. Emphasis will be placed on developing the ability to draw real objects and people while advancing a personal style. Development of visual research and a photo reference file, thumbnailing and rendering skills for one's presentation of ideas and concepts while designing the proper environment for their illustration will be required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S619 Computer Applications in Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course students will learn the major software applications used by graphic designers, such as Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Through a series of problems, students will learn how and when to use specific software to produce their solutions and prepare portfolio-quality design. Intended for majors only. Normally offered Fall semester.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S639 Master's Prep I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed for Master's candidates selected by the program director. The focus of Master's Prep I is for students to develop comprehensive knowledge of the basic skills required of graphic designers. In this class students will complete a series of rapid-fire exercises including, but not limited to, the following: composition, color, understanding type and its application and story communication. Although conceptual thinking is not the primary focus of the course, at the end of each exercise, students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the conceptual thought processes involved in their assignments. The goal of Master's Prep I is to develop and ingrain these fundamental skills in design craft, enabling students to apply them to the projects throughout their graduation coursework.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S644 Graphic Design III

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S602 OR ADI S202; ADG S607 OR ADG S207; ADG S619 OR ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This continuation of Graphic Design I and II will concentrate on increasing sophistication in creative problem-solving abilities. The course will also develop a solid understanding of prepress terms and operations and the impact of technology on those operations. It will also provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to make appropriate prepress decisions regarding more complex projects.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S645 Graphic Design IV

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S344 or ADG-S644

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the concepts and skills developed in Graphic Design III and their application to more complex, multi-pieced, in-depth projects.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S649 Master's Prep II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S639 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is about discovering connections where one least expects them. It is about thinking as a journey into the unforseen possibilities of sense and meaning. Through a series of exercises and assignments students will take on themes such as aesthetics, structure, context, deconstruction, and critical thinking and turn them into their own methodologies: How things are relationships of meaning, how form is the power of the surface, how context is the stage for sense, how sense is revived by taking things apart, and finally how critical thinking beheads the dragon of ideological tyranny. To be able to play this game, students are expected to possess the craft learned in Master's Prep I and apply it intuitively. This course will make a permanent mark on creative minds that don't need a muse to be free. Students will walk away knowing how to depend on their own thinking as a practical routine to tackle complex creative problems without the fear of being wrong.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S654 Advanced Computer Applications

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 or ADG S601, ADG S202 or ADG S606, ADG S219 or ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to further explore software applications for specific and experimental effects. It aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to choose the appropriate software application and to execute the desired design, focusing on the design itself rather than on the limitations of the computer programs. The course also focuses on solving the technical and production problems of preparing artwork electronically for printing. Normally offered fall and spring semesters.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S702 Italian Journal: Paint and Drawing On Paper

    Prerequisites:

    ADF-S102 or ADF-S502

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Florence, Italy and its environs will serve as the subject matter and catalyst in developing the ability to watercolor and draw objects (i.e. architecture, people and the landscape) while advancing a personal style. Study will begin with a pre-departure journal/bookbinding workshop at Suffolk University and then outdoors in and around Florence, Tuscan hill towns, Rome and the Veneto, exploring basic illustration styles, methods, and techniques.Summer semester

  • ADG-S705 Conceptual Typography

    Prerequisites:

    instructor's consent required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to build on core typography knowledge and further your understanding of the conceptual possibilities of using type in design. Advanced typographic problems requiring the implementation of both traditional and alternative methods will facilitate a deeper exploration of modern communication issues including layered hierarchies, type in motion, typographic voice and illustration.

  • ADG-S712 Packaging Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 or ADG S601 AND ADG S206 or ADG S606 AND ADG S219 or ADG S619 OR Instructor Permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Almost everything in our lives is packaged. Peas and automobile accessories, prescription medication, and pearls; virtually every product requires a wrapper, a skin, a form of transport, a package. What you see on store shelves is a result of a complex process, involving the collaborative efforts of graphic designers, package engineers, printers, stylists, photographers and merchandisers. Package design is a team endeavor because in an overcrowded marketplace, it is crucial to a product's success and ultimately to the client's bottom line. In this course, students will study the evolution and history of packaging design, discuss philosophies, learn industry terminology and examine contemporary designs. Using case studies, students will analyze the package design process from concept to production and over the course of the semester, develop a line of packaging and supporting marketing materials for one brand. Guest lectures and field trips will supplement readings and in-class discussions, which will address brand extension and consistency, packaging templates, professional procedures, product photography and printing.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S717 Graphic Novel

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S101 and ADF S502 or portfolio review and instructor permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An introduction to comics and the graphic novel as a means of visual narrative and personal expression. The course will identify and examine some of the key principles that make this art form work. A deeper, working understanding of these principles will be gained by applying them to a series of specific narrative projects with stated objectives. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different visual styles and a variety of materials as they work to develop a personal artistic voice.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S728 Designing for the Greater Good

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S607 AND ADG-S619;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Can designers who work for the greater good still make a good living? In a word, yes. In this class, students will study contemporary models of inspiring change through branding, systems design, and product design, and explore how design can have an impact in raising awareness and funding for social, environmental, political, and health issues. Students will work on three integrated design campaigns projects focused in social innovation, design of community, connected to health, and environmental impact to learn how to identify the opportunities to inspire change through design, and how to leverage print, social media, new fundraising tools, and online resources to create a successful effort. Students will also explore successful case studies in cause-related design, including the Obama campaign, FEED Projects, (RED), and Nike's Considered Program. Field trips are planned throughout the course, including a guided tour and talk at IDEO, one of the leading international design thinking companies.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S730 Motion Graphics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Enter the world of motion design and learn how to make movies that incorporate image, type and video. This class will focus on learning and using specific software to create moving graphics that are geared toward being broadcast on television, web or film. Students will create time-based works such as title sequences, ads, and videos that they art direct. In the very near future, motion design will be a necessary skill for designers to compete in the marketplace. Motion design can be applied to many areas of graphic design from on-screen presentation to environmental design. During the class, students will build their motion design portfolio that will give them an edge above conventional print and web designers.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S734 Electronic Publication Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S601, ADG S607, and ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will focus on the skills necessary to create publications such as books, magazines, annual reports and catalogs. The goal of this course is three-fold: to further enhance the understanding of typography in regard to publications, to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to design publications in an electronic environment, and to integrate the students' own art and/or photography in their work. Normally offered Fall semester.

  • ADG-S740 Web Design II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S213 or ADG-S613;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is intended as a continuation of the experience gained in Web Design I. The objective of the course is the development of advanced conceptual skills such as prototyping, usability testing, interactive philosophy, accessibility, project and content management. Students will further develop their professional multimedia skills by working with HMTL, XHMTL, CSS and other industry-standard tools. JavaScript will be discussed and we will use Flash for animation and video. Current techniques for distributions on mobile devices will be explored. Software that will be used during the class will include Dreamweaver, Flash, and other professional level software tools.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S743 Advanced Topics in Interactive Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S740

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to follow Web II (ADG S340/ADG S740) and will prepare you for the real-world experiences designers often encounter in the field of interactive media. You will continue your exploration of interactive design and choose a final project direction that furthers your understanding of interactive media. These topics include designing for and implementing Content Management Systems, designing and production for mobile computing platform uses, cross platform compatibility and concepts of information architecture, and designing with an emphasis on market needs for multimedia.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S748 Advanced Illustration for Designers

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S214 OR ADG S614

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on the preparation of illustration for specific markets within the product development and publishing fields. Independent development and proficiency in a variety of media and the learning of different methods of preparing artwork for reproduction in traditional printed and/or digital environments will be covered. The continuation of the development of a personal sketchbook, a photo reference file and the shooting of photographs for research will be further explored. Normally offered spring semester.

  • ADG-S760 Corporate Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S202 or ADG-S602; ADG-S207 or ADG-S607;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores the issues of contemporary branding used to identify, establish and promote the business community. Specific emphasis will be placed on the analysis and development of corporate identity systems including the development of logotypes, stationary, signage systems, marketing collateral/advertising/direct mail campaign development, environmental graphics, and websites . Normally offered fall semester.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S765 Digital Photography

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Often mixed with other media, photography has evolved into a major tool for use by the contemporary artist and designer. This course offers students the experience of creating digital and film photographs while studying concepts of art direction and techniques that can enhance their compositions. The primary objective is to generate professional still and motion images for digital media, including the Web. Students will manipulate their photographic images using Photoshop rather than the traditional darkroom. Students will also learn how to photograph their own artwork and use a digital camera. Advanced students will be encouraged to explore independent tracks of study. Normally offered fall and spring semesters.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S766 Environmental Graphic Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the Masters level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three-dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S770 Artist's Books

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S202 or ADG-S602; ADG-S207 or ADG-S607; ADF-S152 or ADF S552;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Books are vessels of information. They can present your graphic design, photography or fine arts, house a cherished collection, and even express non-linear thought. This class will cover traditional book design and construction techniques, as well as contemporary, non-traditional methods. Students will learn to blend design, craftsmanship and content to create books that are themselves works of art. This is a hands-on studio course intended for graphic design and fine arts majors.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S785 Advanced Artists' Books

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S370 or ADG-S770;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This class is designed for students who have completed Artists' Books (ADG S370/S770) and would like to continue their study of bookmaking. Students will delve deeper into traditional and contemporary book design, explore new techniques and fine tune their existing skills. In addition to learning more advanced techniques, students will decide their own direction for book construction. Graduate students who are working on their thesis will produce a completed prototype for presentation and a portfolio in book format. This is a hands-on studio course intended for graphic design and fine arts majors.

  • ADG-S805 Advanced Typography Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 OR ADG S601.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this graduate studio, students will build on primary type skills and engage in advanced typographic problems utilizing both traditional and alternative methods. Students will also explore the conceptual attributes of type to better understand fundamental design issues. Topics will include hierarchy, communication vs. legibility, grids, layering and typographic translation. Open to graduate students only.

  • ADG-S820 Graphic Design Graduate Studio I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this graduate studio, students will explore complex graphic design problems, particularly those that require a multi-disciplinary approach (print, web, signage, etc.). The purpose of the course is to extend the student's viewpoint beyond simple one-dimensional solutions and to encourage thoughtful and inventive design as well as innovative problem-solving. Normally offered Fall semester. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S822 Graphic Design Graduate Studio II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S820

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this advanced-level studio, students will continue their exploration of the more complex graphic design projects begun in Graphic Design Graduate Studio I (ADG S820), with the emphasis on design problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Students will be exposed to projects that encompass a broad variety of design circumstances and they will be encouraged to guide the client to more inventive and unique solutions. Considerable research will be involved and students will learn to recognize unique opportunities in the field. Open to graduate students only. Normally offered Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S840 Graphic Design Thesis Research Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Master's program in Graphic Design culminates in a thesis, an independent project based on an original idea designed and developed by the student in concert with a team of advisers. Thesis Research Studio requires the definition of a graphic design problem, research of case studies and visual works relevant to the thesis topic, and the creation of an outline for the thesis studio project. The class will culminate in the preparation of printed documentation, as well as an oral/visual presentation. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S841 Thesis Research Studio Continuation

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Thesis Research Studio, ADG S840.If a student is unable to complete any phase of the Thesis sequence within a single semester and subsequently registers for a continuation of that phase, s/he may enroll for a combined total of no more than 3 credits of such continuations of that phase in order to complete the required coursework (Research, Studio or Documentation). These continuation courses may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits. The amount of in class/contact time will be reflected in the credit hours selected.

  • ADG-S842 Graphic Design Thesis Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADG 840

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Graphic Design Thesis is a focused independent project on a single original topic, developed by the student working in conjunction with a team of advisors. During this studio course students will test various formats for visualizing their thesis and will execute the design work necessary to realize their project. Emphasis will be placed on creative inquiry and the development of unique solutions that are conceptually strong and content rich. The final thesis will be comprised of the design project along with extensive written documentation. Students must demonstrate independence in relation to their own design process and the ability to realize a complex graphic design solution.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S843 Thesis Studio Continuation

    Prerequisites:

    ADG 840

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Graphic Design Thesis Studio ADG S842. If a student is unable to complete any phase of the Thesis sequence within a single semester and subsequently registers for a continuation of that phase, s/he may enroll for a combined total of no more than 3 credits of such continuations of that phase in order to complete the required coursework (Research, Studio or Documentation). These continuation courses may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits. The amount of in class/contact time will be reflected in the credit hours selected.

  • ADG-S844 Graphic Design Thesis Documentation Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course represents the final phase of the thesis process. Having defined the design problem, completed the necessary research and finalized the design solution, the students will then document the process and project in written and visual form. Thesis documentation will consist of the visual manifestation of the design solution as well the professional level production of a printed, bound volume or other appropriate format in which the thesis project, research, and solution are presented in both text and images. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S845 Thesis Studio Documentation Continuation

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Graphic Design Thesis Documentation ADG S844. If a student is unable to complete any phase of the Thesis sequence within a single semester and subsequently registers for a continuation of that phase, s/he may enroll for a combined total of no more than 3 credits of such continuations of that phase in order to complete the required coursework (Research, Studio or Documentation). These continuation courses may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits. The amount of in class/contact time will be reflected in the credit hours selected.

  • ADG-S900 Graphic Design Directed Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Program Directors consent required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    The Student completes a directed Study project, either studio (ADG S900) or non-studio (ADG 900), under the supervision of a graphic design faculty member. All directed study request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and schedule, and must be approved by the individual faculty member, the Graphic Design Program Director and the NESADSU Chairman.

Careers

For over 85 years, the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University has prepared its graduates for success as professional artists and designers. Our alumni have worked around the globe in an impressive array of roles– exhibiting work in New York galleries, hosting design shows for HGTV, illustrating books or designing for the NBA and the NHL. We’re proud of what our alumni have achieved, and what they continue to accomplish as members of the Suffolk community. And most would agree that it’s the training that began early on in their academic careers that has fueled their professional success.

Our graphic design graduates work across all media and around the globe. Whether your studies lead you to become a web designer, a creative director, work in television or run your own studio, graphic design is a diverse and growing field. Our grads have held design positions at many notable companies, including the Boston Red Sox, Walt Disney, Reebok International, Arnold World Wide, HBO and the White House (yes that White House), just to name a few.

Summer Programs

Gateway Summer Program

If you want to pursue graduate studies in design, but don't have a visual arts background, the Gateway Program for Graduate Design Studies is a quick and affordable way to prepare your admissions portfolio. Program Details 

Accelerated Pre-Master's Program

The Accelerated Graphic Design Summer Program is a 10-week summer program for admitted Master of Arts in Graphic Design candidates, who want to build their design skill competencies, increase their preparedness for the fall and expedite their progress through the Masters program. Program Details