“Understanding precedes action.”
– Richard Saul Wurman, Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Information Design
The first MFA program entirely dedicated to Information Design and Visualization trains students in harnessing visual languages to support discovery and communicate information across a range of socially relevant issues.
Our 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 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.
We seek applicants from diverse backgrounds who are interested in exploring data, visual and auditory design, perception and creative inquiry. Both practicing professionals and recent undergraduates in fields such as architecture, graphic design, journalism, business, the humanities and sciences are welcome to apply.
The degree of Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Information Design and Visualization comprises of 60 semester hours and two academic years of residency. A thesis project and an accompanying written thesis are expected. The program offers studio courses, lectures and seminars in design, strategy, theory, research methodologies, and historical and cultural literacy.
Department Interim Chair
Andrea Raynor, Teaching Professor, MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York
Nathan Felde, MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Design
Thomas Starr, MFA, Yale University, Graphic Design
Kristian Kloeckl, PhD, University of Venice, Design Sciences
Ann McDonald, MFA, Yale University, Experience Design
Distinguished Professor of the Practice
Richard Saul Wurman, B. Arch, M. Arch, University of Pennsylvania, Design
Professor of the Practice
Hugh Dubberly, MFA, Yale University, Graphic Design
Dietmar Offenhuber, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urban Planning
Alessandra Renzi, PhD, University of Toronto Humanities, Social Sciences & Social Justice Education
Gloria Sutton, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Art History
Doug Scott, MFA, Yale University, Graphic Design
Janos Stone, MFA, Boston University, Design
Siqi Zhu, Master of Urban Planning, Harvard University, Urban Design and Technology
NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University
Computational Social Science (Professor David Lazer)
Admissions + Portfolio
Please visit the CAMD Graduate Studies website for detailed admission information including a listing of required application and portfolio materials as well as answers to frequently asked questions.