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Graphic Design Graduate Curricular + Extracurricular Opportunities

Visiting Artists and Scholars

To supplement graduate-level courses, the program invites visiting designers, design researchers, and design scholars to speak and work with students either on campus or virtually.  The MGD faculty often invite in colleagues from their networks to meet with graduate students specifically. Past lecturers have included Andrew Blauvelt, Ian Bogost, Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Hugh Dubberly, Elliott Peter Earls, Shelley Evanston, Stuart Ewen, Jessica Helfand, Terry Irwin, Suguru Ishizaki, Brenda Laurel, Peter Lunenfeld, Ellen Lupton, J. Abbott Miller, Sharon Poggenpohl, Michael Rock, Katie Salen, Jon Sueda, Elizabeth Sanders, Louise Sandhaus, Martin Venezky, and Susan Yelavich.

Research Assistants

Students interested in pursuing work in professional design research areas have opportunities to work with faculty as Research Assistants on both theoretical and applied projects.

Teaching Assistants

Qualified students may apply to assist faculty who teach all levels of undergraduate studios and lecture courses.

Preparation for Teaching at the College Level

The Master of Graphic Design program offers one of the few teaching seminars in the country. Designed to prepare graduate students for teaching careers, the course covers topics such as curriculum and course development; classroom pedagogy; critique strategies; program assessment; balancing the teaching / research / service obligations of faculty; and grant writing in support of faculty research.

Students in the teaching course prepare a teaching portfolio in addition to their professional design portfolio, and are advised on job searches in education. The course meets a number of requirements for the university Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (COAT). NC State Master of Graphic Design students now teach design in over 50 colleges and universities.

MGD Publications

Students contribute to and participate in the production of MGD publications, including Yes And, the public graduate blog, And So, the online graduate journal, as well as an annual MGD bulletin that features student and faculty essays and design work.

Off-campus Events

Regular field trips and local / regional lectures and conferences complement course content. An off-campus retreat held at the beginning of each academic year convenes graduate students and graduate faculty for a weekend of presentations, discussions, good food, relaxation, and fun.

Hunt Library 

Graduate students regularly create content for the Hunt Library’s state-of-the-art digital platforms, such as the iPearl Immersion Theater.