Arizona State University

Visual Communication Design

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ASU's Master's in Visual Communication Design (MVCD) is a studio-based degree that prepares students to be visual communicators, graphic designers, and digital media designers. Graduates of the MVCD program find employment as designers in corporate design offices or design consulting firms nationally and internationally. The program organizes the studio content sequentially, from a local, national, and international focus; the opportunity for an international studio is a part of the first semester of the final year. The program offers the opportunity for concurrent degrees in industrial design, landscape architecture, design, urban design, and others. Finally, the MVCD offers an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations with students in other programs in The Design School.

Students with a related degree can complete the program in two years with a total of 60 credits. These include a required 3-credit internship, four 5-credit studios, eleven 3-credit core courses, one 1-credit core seminar, and one 3-credit elective. Students with an undergraduate degree from a field other than visual communication must complete an additional year of preparatory classes for a total of 102 credit hours; these include three 6-credit studios and eight 3-credit core courses.

Our 2-year programs admit for fall and the 3+ programs for summer; applications are accepted annually from September 15 to January 15. More information can be found at or by emailing

After admission to their degree program, WRGP qualified applicants may apply to the WRGP program by submitting the WICHE WRGP Application Form found at

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

The Design School
Graduate Coordinators
Corie Cisco – 480-727-7919
Jessica Vasquez – 480-965-1174

Degrees Available