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, a multidisciplinary effort to harness the potential of design thinking and design learning in teaching, research, and engagement across the university.
  • Work together with PhD students in who specialize in design.
  • Make connections with world-class programs across campus.
  • Develop partnerships at the , a leading technology hub that cultivates start-ups and accelerates corporate innovation at companies such as , , , , and .
  • The program consists of three years of coursework totaling 64 credit hours, culminating in a research report and gallery show. Because the MFA is currently recognized as the terminal degree in design throughout much of the United States, our expectations for quality of research are generally higher than for other master's degree programs, where a PhD might be expected to follow. MFA Graphic Design graduates at the University of Illinois make significant contributions to the real-world impact of design research.

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    • The Graphic Design studio provides students with tools to further define and develop a body of work within the Graphic Design program's mission through an individual or collaborative path. The course will enhance students' ability to situate their research within a rigorous theoretical framework that informs both viable research and pedagogical methods and processes.
    • The Design Research Methodology seminar coordinates readings in design theory and the processes and principles of human-centered design with graduate students' emerging thesis research interests. Students will address the role of design research methodology in establishing design practice and design pedagogy.
    • The Ethics of a Designer in a Global Economy studio presents complex problems of ethics within the graphic design practice. Individual sections address social and environmental issues.
    • The Design Research Impact seminar helps MFA students connect their research with pedagogy and professional development strategies to disseminate their research to publishing, conferences, communities, and other relevant venues.

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    • Some reference to specific theorists and how the proposed project might contribute to or reflect upon their work
    • Some familiarity with relevant research literature
    • 2 or 3 research goals
    • 3 or 4 research questions related to those goals
    • 2 or 3 possible use cases and data-collection methods that could be used to provide evidence related to those questions
    • How the University of Illinois in particular might be a good location for this work

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    About Us

    Eric Benson | Biological Systems Thinking, Sustainable Materials, Dystopian and Utopian Futures
    Molly Catherine Briggs | The Built Environment, Immersive Media, Visual Culture, Design Theory
    Fabiola Elias | Aesthetics of the Everyday, Placemaking and Community, Design as a Performance, Proxemics, Collaborative and Inclusive Processes, Visual Culture
    Wonsil Jang | UX/UI Design, Social Impact, Interaction Design (Motion/AR), Educational System Development
    Deana McDonagh | Empathic Design Research, Disability, Aging, User-Centered Design, Invention to Innovation, Gender
    Lisa E. Mercer | Social Innovation, Social Impact, Responsible Design, Interaction Design
    Stacey Robinson | Afro-Futurism, Black and Brown Utopias, Race, Graphic Novels, African Diasporas and Wakanda
    Stan Ruecker | Academic Prototyping, Digital Humanities, Design Theory, Experience Design
    Juan Salamanca | Social Computing, Interaction Design, Mediating Artifacts, Visual Analytics
    Angelica Sibrian | People and Community-Centered Design, Social Impact
    Nekita Thomas | Co-Design, Race, Urban, Social Justice

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    Recent Books by Faculty

    九力热线视频精品免费Eric Benson and Yvette Perullo, 2017

    Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings, 2017


    九力热线视频精品免费Stan Ruecker, Milena Radzikowska, and Stéfan Sinclair (eds.), 2011

    Current MFA Students

    • Keenan Dailey | Simulation Design, Afrofuturism, Lore-Based Design, Tonal Exploration, Sensorial Design
    • Rachael Dietkus | Social Work, Design Thinking, Human-Centered Design
    • Mahshid Farzinfar | Usability and User Interface Practices That Immerse Learners in English Pronunciation
    • Carolina Gonzalez | Digital Storytelling, Brand Development, Start-up Brands
    • Rachel Melton | Rural Communities, Creative Economies, Asset-Based Development, Public Murals, Public Space
    • Faithful Oladeji | The Built Environment, User-Experience Design
    • Ana Rodas | Design Activism, Empathy, Faith-Based Activism, Ethics, Design Practices
    • Miriam Salah | Design Research, Food Development, Food Experiences, Creative Processes
    • Natalie Smith | Pedagogy, Invisible Structures, Typographic Systems, Book Design

    Meet Current Graphic Design Students

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    Past Visiting Design Researchers

    • Ricardo Triska (2018-19)
    • Jiameng Wang (2018-19)
    • Gerry Derksen (2017-18)
    • Zhabiz Shafeiyoun (2017-18)
    • Piotr Michura (Spring 2017)

    Past MFA Students

    • Alex Dye, "Rethinking the Electronic Medical Record"
    • Qing He, "Mobile Gaming Application: Promoting Positive Attitude towards Body Image for Girls Age Five to Eight"
    • John Jennings, "Utilizing Graphic Design Theory to Enhance Graphic Storytelling in Sequential Art"
    • Taekyeom Lee, "Re-materialization of Type"
    • Huang Li, "Hybrid Sense: The Immense Possibilities of Interaction of Digital Information with Physical Environments"
    • Ruchita Mandhre, "Experiential Design as an Emerging Context for Graphic Design Pedagogy and a Method to Create Valuable Emotional Experiences"
    • Maurice Meilleur, "Five Theses on the Future of Type"
    • Wenjun Wu, "Everyday Walking as Aesthetic Practice"

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