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Department of Art

Graphic Design

Program

The K-State Graphic Design MFA program, consisting of three intensive and

exploratory years of thinking and making, is structured to support passionate,

driven candidates wishing to embark on advanced investigations in design-related

areas. Program graduates are well-prepared to pursue positions of leadership as

design thinkers, makers and problem-solvers.

Over the course of the program, graduate students develop a personalized and

unique direction in their work that culminates in a third-year thesis and design

exhibition. MFA candidates pursue areas of interest through in-depth independent

study with departmental faculty and a cross-disciplinary graduate committee,

selected by each student in consultation with their major professor.

Graduate Faculty

Mervi Pakaste

Daniel Warner

Facilities and Resources

Design MFA students are allocated secure studio space in Willard Hall, the campus

hub for art, art history and graphic design. Located near the center of campus and

adjacent to the university’s main research library, Willard is also home to the Mark

A. Chapman Gallery and an annual visiting artist program that brings to campus

noted artists and designers, art historians and art critics each semester.

In addition, students have access to the university’s library collections and Media

Development Center for lab use, equipment checkout, technical training and

instructional support. The graphic design area has an active AIGA student group

that organizes design-related events and excursions.

Graduate Assistantships, Stipends and 100% Tuition

Waivers

Most graduate students receive Graduate Teaching Assistantships their first

year, with a 100% tuition waiver and stipend for full-time appointments. GTAs are assigned to teach courses related to their areas, and international

students must meet entrance language requirements. (Those who do not

speak English as their first language must pass a speaking exam before they

can be considered for a GTA).

Students are also encouraged to explore other financial aid opportunities

through the Office of Financial Assistance | www.ksu.edu/sfa

Recent Invitational Design Lectures

James Victoré, New York (2011)

Art Chantry, Seattle (2010)

Lanny Sommese, PA (2010)

Eric Benson, Illinois (2009)

Katherine McCoy, Colorado (2008)

Michael Braley, New York (2007)

Location

The city of Manhattan, where KSU is located, is situated in the rolling Flint Hills

of northeast Kansas, 125 miles west of Kansas City via interstate 70. Five miles

north of the city is Tuttle Creek Lake Reservoir, one of the largest in the Midwest.

The 668-acre campus is convenient to both business and residential areas.

K-State is Carnegie-classified as a High Research level (RU/H) university with

23,000 students. Since 1986, Kansas State ranks first nationally among state

universities in its total of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall

scholars.

To Apply

http://art.ksu.edu/grad/admissions/

(Full application instructions, forms and materials)Design applicants are evaluated on a portfolio of their work, letters of

recommendation, transcripts and statement of purpose.

Further Resources

Departmental MFA curriculum

http://art.ksu.edu/grad/curriculum/

Application Procedures and Forms

http://art.ksu.edu/grad/admissions/

Graduate School Admissions

http://www.k-state.edu/grad/gsprospective/apply/index.htm

Department of Art, 111 Willard Hall

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas 66506

Ph: (785) 532-6605

Fax: (785) 532-0334

E-mail: art@ksu.ed

The K-State MFA program with emphasis in Graphic Design, consists of three intensive and exploratory years of thinking and making, is structured to support passionate, driven candidates wishing to embark on advanced investigations in design-related areas. Program graduates are well-prepared to pursue positions of leadership as design thinkers, makers and problem-solvers.

Over the course of the program, graduate students develop a personalized and unique direction in their work that culminates in a third-year thesis and design exhibition. MFA candidates pursue areas of interest through in-depth independent study with departmental faculty and a cross-disciplinary graduate committee, selected by each student in consultation with their major professor.

Recent Invitational Design Lectures

  • Michael Braley, Braley Design, NY (2012 & 2016)
  • Kit Hinrichs - Hinrichs & Associates, CA (2015)
  • Richard Kegler - P22 Type Foundry, NY (2014)
  • Bill Gardner, Gardner Design, KS (2013)
  • Chip Kidd, Random House, NY (2013)
  • Jim Sherraden, Hatch Show Paint, TN (2012)
  • Luis Fitch, Uno Branding, MN (2011)
  • James Victoré, New York (2011)
  • Art Chantry, Seattle (2010)
  • Lanny Sommese, Pennsylvania (2010)
  • Eric Benson, Illinois (2009)
  • Katherine McCoy, Colorado (2008)
  • Michael Braley, New York (2007)

Facilities and Resources

Design MFA students are allocated secure studio space in Willard Hall, the campus hub for art, art history and graphic design. Located near the center of campus and adjacent to the university’s main research library, Willard is also home to the Mark A. Chapman Gallery and an annual visiting artist program that brings to campus noted artists and designers, art historians and art critics each semester.

In addition, students have access to the university’s library collections and Media Development Center for lab use, equipment checkout, technical training and instructional support. The graphic design area has an active AIGA student group that organizes design-related events and excursions.

Graduate Faculty

Mervi Pakaste
Associate Professor
Area Coordinator
mpakaste@ksu.edu
Office: Willard 322A
 
Daniel Warner
Assistant Professor
warner.daniel@gmail.com
Office: Willard 306