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Master of Graphic & Experience Design

Take a leadership position in user experience and user interface design (UX/UI) at a software company or design consultancy. Or become a faculty member at a research university.


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The Master of Graphic & Experience Design (MGXD) moves students toward a deeper knowledge of graphic and experience design through purposeful, individually driven design practice. Inquiry into contemporary and emergent design issues prepares graduates for leadership positions in user experience and user interface design (UX/UI), with expertise in research, data visualization, digital typography, and artificial intelligence. Successful completion of the MGXD results in a terminal degree, equivalent to the MFA, and qualifies graduates to teach at the university level or to pursue a PhD in Design.

The NC State Master of Graphic & Experience Design (MGXD) is consistently recognized as one of the top NASAD accredited graduate graphic and experience design programs in the country and one of the few with STEM Classification (CIP). The faculty is nationally and internationally recognized (see Faculty at a Glance). Alumni are designers in enterprise-level software companies and leading design consultancies (such as IBM, RedHat, Lenovo, Adobe, IDEO, Fjord), as well as, faculty members in colleges and universities (including University of Washington, Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan).

Our favorite hour? Lunch hour. Yesterday, Track III students had our first "brown bag" lunch meeting of the semester, where we took time to reconnect with one another and touch base about how the semester is going. 🥡 🍴 #TrackIII #MGXD #NCStateDesign
Curious about the future of workspaces? MGXD alum Payod Panda is blazing the way: “I am a Design Engineering Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge. I work in the Blended Reality Encounters and Workflows (BREW) team, where we envision future hybrid workplaces that blend people, mediums, devices, and spaces. I utilize the design skills I developed at NC State's MGXD program to create and explore experiences for such blended realities.” #mgxd #ncstatedesign
Who's afraid of A.I.? Not MGXD alum Maryam Nadali: “I'm currently working as a UX Designer at Spherex based in Santa Clara, CA. Spherex is a global entertainment technology and data company transforming how media and entertainment enterprises create, adapt, and deliver film and television to audiences worldwide through expert-centered artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning. At Spherex, I use my design expertise in A.I. to empower television and streaming services in building next-gen global and cross-cultural consumer experiences.” #ncstatedesign #mgxd
MGXD student sketches from our project with the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences last spring
The rankings are in. The N.C. State Master of Graphic & Experience Design Program ranked the #1 Public Research University grad program by Intelligent. #ncstatedesign #mgxd #graphicdesign
A new semester begins! Rebecca Planchart (MGXD '25): "Excited to be participating in the Duda Visiting Designer project led by Not Impossible Labs for my studio class this semester! We're starting a five-week project exploring food systems and food security in rural communities throughout North Carolina and opportunities for design interventions.

Our class spent today at the 2023 Rural Food Forum hosted by the Green Rural Redevelopment Organization and the Eva Clayton Rural Food Institute learning about the challenges and opportunities communities, farmers, organizations, and government face in tackling this issue at scale. With a history in non-profit work and promoting family well-being, I'm looking forward to exploring what design can bring to the table! 🥬 🍽" #mgxd #ncstatedesignlife #ncstatedesign
Spread the word! Priority application deadline for the NC State Master of Graphic & Experience Design: January 15. #mgxd #ncstatedesign #mlux
Wishing all MGXD students—past, present and future—a season full of joy! #mgxd #ncstatedesign
We may be biased, but we think we created some pretty stellar work this semester. Take a look back at our final presentation recap for Fall ‘22🎊🥳