Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Art and Design

First Advisor

Debra Satterfield


For a majority of undergraduate design students, their education will lead them to a professional career in professional design practice. It is important to understand how that outcome is connected with a design education. Graphic design and visual communication students are taught differently from university to university, college to college. The intent of this thesis is to fully understand curriculum and course design and how each can be best modified to allow for changing practices in the industry as well as constantly changing technology. There is great importance in understanding the needs for a design education as well as the needs for what that design education offers students.

A recursive method of curriculum and course design would allow for more frequent changes in a design education, allowing for flexibility in a student's education. Additionally, an assessment tool can be developed to regularly capture the needs of the industry and to collect data on where recent graduates of design programs feel they would have benefited from more education. How much of a design education should be taught in school and how much should be left up to experiential learning?


Copyright Owner

Ryan Gary Wilson



File Format


File Size

198 pages