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School of Art and Design
Graphic Design

The MFA in Art program with a concentration in graphic design at ECU is small and individualized. It is very good for self-starters and, of course, anyone who specifically wishes to study with our graphic design faculty. It is not a good place for people who want a fixed direction or a large cohort of graduate students at their same stage of development. (The MFA program in the School of Art & Design is fairly large but the portion in graphic design is not.)

It is our belief that students with experience in graphic design or some other communication field will get more from graduate studies than will students going directly from an undergraduate degree. Students looking for entry-level jobs skills would do better by pursuing a graphic design BFA in a good program rather than a graduate degree even if they already have another bachelors degree.

The official start of admission to the graphic design program is admission to the ECU Graduate School. (Note that the GMAT, GRE, or other standardized tests are not a requirement for the MFA program.) After Graduate School admission, candidates then contact Scott Eagle, the School of Art & Design's director of graduate studies at for admission to the MFA program. The director of graduate studies then forwards the applicant's information and portfolio to the graphic design faculty for a final decision.

We strongly suggest that anyone considering pursuing an MFA in graphic design contact the graphic design faculty unofficially before making an official application. Email an electronic portfolio (we suggest images put together as a single PDF or Flash movie) or a link to a web portfolio to the area coordinator at or mail a CD or DVD to:

graphic design program
East Carolina University
School of Art & Design
mail stop 502
Greenville, NC 27858

Also include answers to the following questions:

Why do you want to study for an MFA?
Why are you interested specifically in ECU?