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Graduate Programs in Design, Dynamic Media Institute (MFA & Post-Bacc)

MFA: Design, Dynamic Media Institute (DMI)

The 60-credit Dynamic Media Institute (DMI) MFA in Design program enables students to pursue their degree through a rigorous practice of research, prototyping, and writing. The program prepares students for high-level creative positions at innovative agencies, design firms, startups, and digital companies and  qualifies them to teach at the university level.

The MFA may be earned in three tracks, offering students flexible pathways through the program: a full-time two-year track in four semesters, a three-year track in five semesters, or a three-year track in six semesters. The only difference between the tracks is the distribution of elective credits.

DMI is STEM designated.

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DMI students have access to lighting, sound, and green screen studios and a wide range of resources including laser cutters, high-definition projectors, professional video cameras, synthesizers, wide format inkjet printers and plotters, and high-resolution digital SLRs.

DMI students hail from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, and Serbia.

They are fine artists, musicians, performers, journalists, photographers, graphic designers, architects, industrial designers, educators, and developers.

Many DMI graduates work at a wide range of companies including Adobe Systems, Amazon, Apple, Bose, IBM, Microsoft, and Google. Other students pursue academia teaching at institutions such as Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MIT, Michigan State University, and China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Produce a comprehensive thesis project and thesis book relating to interactive communication design on a topic of personal interest
  • Apply design thinking to, and conceive of new ways of designing for a wide range of human interaction, communication and multi-sensory experience
  • Utilize a range of research techniques including text reviews, experimentation and prototyping
  • Present technical information and data visually and dynamically, and translate non-visual experience into visual forms
  • Experiment with sound, motion, gesture, narrative, mapping, in design applications
  • Apply state-of-the-art technology to graphic and dynamic studio work
  • Understand of the theoretical underpinnings of historical and contemporary communication design, achieving a solid intellectual and historical framework for thinking about the work one creates
  • Develop skill in communicating with, and learning from, people across disciplines, learning the language of multiple disciplines, and synthesizing multiple points of view
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s design practice and in the discipline of design
  • Develop presentation skills including public speaking, visual presentations, and writing
  • Understand a range of professional pathways for careers in dynamic media, as leaders in the design field, educators, practitioners, and entrepreneurs

Courses  Requirements  Apply


DMI’s graduate certificate is a one-year, 24 to 29-credit, immersive educational program that gives students the opportunity to focus on the role and new uses of dynamic media in communication design. Upon successful completion, students earn a Graduate Post-Baccalaureate certificate in design, and many apply to continue onto the MFA program, transferring up to 6 credits from the Post-Baccalaureate course of study.

Apply to the Post-Bacc Program