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Mississippi College
  Jan 21, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design, M.S.

The Department of Art offers the Master of Science degree in Graphic Design. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work is required for the M.S. degree. The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Graphic Design is a 30 hour degree with 15 core hours (which includes 6 hours of a capstone project), 12 hours of Graphic Design and Graphic Design-related coursework, and 3 hours of an approved graduate level art elective. Courses will normally be offered to allow completion of course work in one year plus one semester of full-time study (12 hrs. per semester recommended load), but actual completion of course requirements is dependent on course availability and the taking of required courses when offered. The Department of Art cannot guarantee a completion date for the degree.

Application for Full Admission:

In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate Office, the applicant must comply with the following:

-Must have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in Art or have the equivalent undergraduate preparation in Graphic Design or Graphic Design-related fields such as Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing (Contact the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Art for information on equivalency of preparation). At the option of the graduate admissions committee, applicants without this degree or equivalent transcripted undergraduate preparation may be required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses as specified prior to Regular Admission to the M.S. in Graphic Design program, but the undergraduate transcripted program in graphic design or graphic design-related fields must be substantially complete for any admission to a graduate program to be possible.

Aspiring candidates must show a portfolio of professional-quality graphic design work, and demonstrate by the results of the Software Proficiency Exam (if deemed necessary by the Admissions Committee) that they are capable of using typical graphic design software.

-GRE Requirement: If the applicant has not taken the GRE examination, make arrangements to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have the scores directed to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies. Students lacking the GRE examination can receive only provisional admission. Master of Science applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination for regular admission, which requires the following scores:  A verbal score of 146 or more and a quantitative score of 140 or more, or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required for most graduate programs. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined. Departments may exercise discretion for students who score below the ranges. Students will be allowed to register for graduate classes for one semester or summer session without having the test score on file. Students in an M.S. program who have not obtained the necessary score on the G.R.E. after two attempts may, with the permission of the Chair of the Department of Art, take ART 6507  - Research Topics in Art History: Artists, or ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles  successfully in lieu of the G.R.E. score requirement, or present an acceptable grade for having taken one of these courses.

-Students seeking to use the M.S. for higher classification of a K-12 teaching license should contact the Graduate Coordinator for Art for information.

-Students interested in the Master of Science in Graphic Design degree should complete the online application for Graduate Admission at the following website: All admission documents should be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058).

-Enclose a $35.00 application fee.

-Have one official copy of all transcripts sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058).

-For the MS in Graphic Design the applicant should supply a portfolio of professional-quality work in graphic design showing proficiency and accomplishment in graphic design. The portfolio should consist of a t least 20 images. The applicant may send 20 digital images to the Mississippi College Department of Art by email, or in a CD of 20 digital images of artworks, or a printed portfolio of 20 images may be sent. This portfolio must be approved by appointed graduate art faculty for the applicant to receive admission.

-Submit a resume.

-Submit a formal statement of intent of at least 500 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement may be sent in digital word-processing format to the Mississippi College Department of Art by email, or supplied to the Department in printed form.

-Complete an interview with the Graduate Graphic Design Coordinator and the Graduate Admissions Committee for Graphic Design as designated by the Chair of the Art Department.

International Student Admissions

The following exceptions to admissions procedures of Mississippi College may be made for international students applying/or the Master of Fine Arts:

-  The GRE score is required by the Graduate School but Conditional Admission may be granted without the GRE score. The GRE test must be taken by international students prior to earning six semester hours of graduate credit. Failure to obtain the necessary GRE scores as required by the Graduate School will result in termination of the student's regular admission status.

- The interview may take place upon arrival at Mississippi College.

Scholarships for Graduate Candidates

The Department of Art offers a limited number of scholarships and assistantships for M Graphic Design candidates. Contact the Mississippi College Department of Art for details.

Additional scholarships and loans are available. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies or the Financial Aid Office.

All Master of Science in Graphic Design candidates must take one of the following courses:

•  ART 6507  - Research Topics in Art History:  Credits, 3 sem. hrs.  or

•  ART 6508  - Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles: Credits, 3 sem. hrs.

Candidates must complete six hours of directed projects:

ART 6415  and ART 6416  Graphic Design:  Directed Projects  I and II

These directed projects when taken for  the Master of Science in Graphic Design degree are studio courses which prove  that the candidate for the degree is capable of solving a creative problem  in visual art at a professional  level with adequate scope,  and is also capable of scholarly research that demonstrates, supports, and analyzes the creative problem  along with historical and critical perspectives  applicable  to the creative problem.  For M S. students taking these courses, the teacher of ART 6415  -Directed Problems I and ART 6416  -Directed Problems II, will serve as the chair of a review committee for  directed projects along with Graphic Design Research Faculty as appointed by the Chair of the Department  of Art.

Transfer Credit

A student may request to transfer a maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit from another regionally accredited college or university. Only courses in which the student received the grade of B or higher may be transferred.  Contact the Graduate Coordinator /or the Department of Art for details.

Mississippi College graduate students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Art, Master of Education (with emphasis in Art), and the Master of Science in Graphic Design degree programs may transfer a maximum of 30 resident art graduate hours into the Master of Fine Arts degree program. Mississippi  College alumni with the Master of Science  in Art, and the Master of Education  (with emphasis in Art), and the Master of Science  in Graphic Design degree programs  may transfer a maximum of 30 resident hours of graduate  art into the M S. in Graphic Design program  with approval of the Chair of  the Department  of Art. All other conditions and requirements outlined by the Graduate School concerning transfer credit must be observed. Refer to the General Requirements for Graduation in this catalog.

Master of Science in Graphic Design: Program of Study

30 semester hours of graduate credit in art in a program of studies to be approved by the graduate coordinator and the graduate Graphic Design Coordinator, to include:

NOTE: Courses ART 6591 , ART 6592 , and ART 6593  may be repeated as necessary for up to six hours credit. In most cases, the student should not expect to earn more than six semester hours in any combination of field experiences courses.

A. Core Courses (15 semester hours)

One of these:

And the following:

B. Graphic Design Courses

12 semester hours in graphic design or graphic design-related courses as approved by the graduate graphic design coordinator from the following:

Graphic Design Courses:

Graphic Design-related courses:

C. Approved elective graduate course in art (3 sem. hrs.)