The Department of Design at UC Davis offers graduate students a unique opportunity to work with a dedicated and renowned design faculty within one of the nation's top public research universities.
Our graduate students have the option to focus on intensive studio activity, work on collaborative projects with other design students and faculty, focus on sustainability and its relationship to the design practice, and take advantage of collaborative opportunities with over 100 departments and programs at UCD. These range from the arts and humanities to social science and politics, to biological science and agriculture, and projects with UCD's Professional Schools of Medicine, Law, or Veterinary Medicine.
The goal of the MFA in Design is to provide advanced studies in design research. Studio faculty have expertise in visual communication (print and screen-based design), information visualization, exhibitions, lighting, interior architecture, product, and textile and fashion design. Other faculty specialize in the history and theory of design, predominantly from the 19th century to the present, paying close attention to interpreting design within its social, political and ideological contexts. Graduate studies allow you to take seminars and work with faculty across these areas of design while exploring your own particular studio-based research, which might primarily address one of the above areas or cross back and forth between them. Graduates will be prepared for careers in both academia and professional practice. Our MFA is a two-year terminal degree program.