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You are just 30 credits away from your master's degree. Complete it anytime, anywhere.

Gain the real-world graphic design and web design skills and experience to build your portfolio and advance your career through MCAD's award-winning master of arts in graphic and web design.

Save the Commute for Your Day Job

Designed for motivated working adults, this program takes place entirely online. Courses cover design principles, typography, research, ideation, web design, programming, workflow management, and more. You can start in fall or spring, and take one or two classes per semester.

Work and Learn in a Digital Environment

If you want to work in a digital environment, shouldn’t you learn there too? Asynchronous class content offers flexibility, allowing you to fit studying around your existing schedule. With select classes, synchronous remote meetings allow follow-up with your instructor, student peers, and visiting designers to continue discussion and critique. Plus, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to connect and collaborate with classmates.

Smaller Classes = Closer Community

Class sizes are limited to encourage collaboration and so that all students receive personal attention from our experienced faculty, most of whom are actively working in the field.

Launch Your Design Career

Talented web designers are in high demand. With the strong technical and conceptual skills and experience you develop at MCAD, you'll stand out to creative directors, recruiters, and others in the tech world.

Research Proposal

Choose and research a topic that you’re passionate about. By proposing a design challenge centered around your focus, you’ll discover how design can provide solutions in messaging as you progress through each of your courses, dedicating time and development to what will become your final project.  

Mid-Program Review

What’s the best way to tell that you’re on the right track with your web design and development portfolio? Get it in front of the right people.

MCAD faculty partner with respected professionals in the web design and development community for a comprehensive mid-program portfolio review of each student’s progress. During the review, you’ll gain valuable experience presenting your work and responding to constructive feedback.


Not Quite Ready to Commit?

Interested in applying but feel your portfolio needs work, or you just want to focus on one area? Take a Continuing Education course at MCAD to improve your portfolio and learn new skills.

Find continuing education courses that are popular to take in advance.

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Faculty Spotlight

Lafe Smith


Smith is an illustrator focusing on visual storytelling, emphasizing the combination of traditional and digital techniques. Smith has provided storyboards for several televised commercials, and his drawings have been featured as part of retail in-store marketing materials.