The MFA program trains students in harnessing visual languages to support discovery and communicate information across a range of disciplines. Students have the unique advantage of studying at a major research university known for interdisciplinary collaboration located in Boston, a global center for technology, science, and education and a hotspot for information design and data visualization.
Graduates will be professional information designers and data visualization experts able to collaborate effectively in this dynamic and burgeoning field of practice and research. They will be prepared to work in design agencies, research institutions, companies, and public institutions. The program intends to produce professionals skilled in design principles and practices needed to assume leadership roles in an evolving interdisciplinary field. Students will also be well positioned to pursue PhDs and academic careers.
The degree requires 60 credit hours over two academic years, with an option to engage in Northeastern’s renowned cooperative education (co-op) program. A thesis project, a written thesis, and an accompanying work exhibition in our thesis show are required. The program offers studio courses and seminars in design, data analysis, programming, research methodologies and historical and cultural literacy plus lectures from visiting artists and researchers.
The MFA in Information Design and Data Visualization is a STEM-designated degree as of the Fall 2020 start term.
The first MFA program entirely dedicated to information design and visualization.
The program offers studio courses, lectures, and seminars in design, strategy, theory, research methodologies, and historical and cultural literacy.
Graduates will be prepared to work in design firms, research firms, corporations and government agencies.
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Fall Entry Term
Priority deadline for scholarship consideration: February 1
Final deadline for international applicants: May 1
Final deadline for domestic applicants: August 1
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