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 Master's program. Students who are invited to participate in the Accelerated Program can complete a semester’s worth of preparatory design coursework during the summer at a reduced cost. The Accelerated Program is optional; therefore, Master's candidates who do not elect to enroll in the summer program will simply begin their coursework in the fall as outlined in the graduate curriculum.

  • Program Details

    2014 Schedule: June 2 - August 7

    Computer Typography
    Monday & Wednesday 1 - 5 p.m.

    Graphic Design I/II
    Tuesday & Thursday 1 - 5 p.m.

    Computer Applications in Design
    Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    Fees & Payment:

    The tuition and studio fees of $4609 must be paid in full at the time of registration in the Accelerated Program. Payment should be made through the Continuing Education Office. Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or personal check.

    Important Dates:

    April 23: Registration Deadline
    May 29: Orientation, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Curriculum

    Graphic Design I/II

    Emphasizing the creative process, this course will also introduce the student to language, tools, and techniques of the professional graphic designer. Attention will be paid to the conception, production, and presentation in solving design problems. This course will expose students to a series of exercises designed to show how to get from observation and research, to the incorporation of these findings into the design of communication vehicles (logos, brochures, posters, ads, etc.). As a survey of graphic design, the goal of this course is to deal with typical problems faced by graphic designers in their profession.

    Computer Typography

    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.

    Computer Applications in Design

    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.

    Total Credits: 9

    Note: this is not a conditional admit program, however it is strongly emphasized that a grade of B or better will increase student preparedness for the fall semester.

  • Admission

    The Accelerated Summer Program is open to admitted MAGD candidates who have a solid background in the visual arts with some graphic design experience.

    Candidates are admitted to the program based on the recommendation of the Graphic Design Graduate Program Director.

    For more information about admission to the Master of Arts in Graphic Design, visit the Office of Graduate Admission or call 617.573.8302.