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23 June 2022 by AECC Global

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The United States of America is a residence of some of the world's most esteemed universities and colleges. In addition, universities and colleges in the American subcontinent are renowned for their academic flexibility and options to personalize your study experience via optional courses and co-curricular activities.

Using images, text, and media to share information or ideas is called graphic designing or communication designing. Graphic designers are strategic communicators who make advertisements, book covers, posters, websites, app interfaces, publishing layouts, music album art, and logos amid various other artistic media. 

Masters in Graphic Design in the USA: Highlights

Program

Course

Duration of the Course

Eligibility

Entrance Exams

Postgraduate 

Graphic Design

Between 1.5 and 3 years

3-4 years bachelors in relevant degree (at least 3.5 GPA), SOP, 2-3 LORs, resume, participation in social & leadership activities

IELTS or TOEFL

Why Study Masters in Graphic Design in the USA?

  • The world recognizes the USA's universities for their top-class and advanced teaching methods.
  • The nation has the top-most teaching techs for its students.
  • The American subcontinent is home to the best graphic designers in the world. Hence, you will get a chance for the best job anywhere in the world after graduating from the USA.
  • The American subcontinent is ranked number 1 for its education. Its universities are well-known worldwide for their education standards.
  • The graphic design course in the USA focuses on the overall development of the student by offering top facilities and hands-on practical experience.
  • Citizens from around the world live and work in America. So you will have no problem blending into the work environment.
  • The American universities are full of overseas students from various parts of our world. It is so because the country welcomes and respects everyone's culture and traditions.
  • You will get many support facilities as an international student in America. For financial aid, there are scholarships available. The universities assist in the application, visa, and admission process. For mental and emotional support, you can go to various counselors. 

Top 10 Universities for Masters in Graphic Design in the USA

S.NO

University Name

QS World Ranking

1

The University of Pennsylvania

13

2

Yale University

14

3

Boston University

112

4

The University of Southern California – Los Angeles

112

5

Purdue University

116

6

Ohio University

Between 1001 and 1200

7

Iowa State University

494

8

George Mason University

Between 801 and 1000

9

Clemson University

Between 801 and 1000

10

Rochester Institute of Technology 

Between 1001 and 1200

Cost of Studying Masters in Graphic Design in the USA

Being able to properly manage the cost of studying Master of Graphic Design in the USA is something every overseas student interested in the course needs to know. Of course, these costs vary depending on your lifestyle, chosen college, etc. However, these costs may range between 1000000 to 3900000 INR when studying in one of its top colleges or universities.

 Tuition Fees

S.NO

University Name

Course 

Duration

Tuition Fees in INR

1

The University of Pennsylvania

MSc in Computer

2 years

2800000

2

Yale University

MFA in Graphic

2 years

3300000

3

Boston University

MFA in Graphic

2 years

3700000

4

The University of Southern California – Los Angeles

MFA in Animation

Between 1.5 and 2 years

4900000

5

Purdue University

MSc in Computer

Between 1.5 and 2 years

1000000

6

Ohio University

MA in Graphic Design

2 years

1100000

7

Iowa State University

MA in Graphic Design

NA

1100000

8

George Mason University

MA in Graphic Design

NA

1800000

9

Clemson University

MS in Graphic Communication

NA

1700000

10

Rochester Institute of Technology 

MA in Film Animation

3 years

3800000

Cost of Living in the USA

On an estimated average, a student is needed to be ready with a budget of 15000 American dollars per year. Some of the costs involved in living expenses in the American subcontinent are given below.

Categories

Amount in USD

Accommodation

Between 9600 and 14000 per year

Health insurance

2000 per year

Travelling 

Between 1400 and 3000 per year

Groceries

3000 per year

Other utilities such as electricity, entertainment, etc

6000 per year

Eligibility Criteria to Study Masters in Graphic Design in the USA

  • To apply for a Master of Graphic Design in America, you need to have a 3 or 4 years bachelor's degree in a relevant area with at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • You need to write your Statement of Purpose (SOP) with at least 2 to 3 Letters of Recommendation (LORs).
  • Your resume or CV since it's a master's degree.
  • Participation in social and leadership activities will increase your chances of getting selected for the degree program

Masters in Graphic Design in the USA: English Language Requirements 

Name of the University

Exam Name

Minimum Band Requirement

The University of Pennsylvania

IELTS

6.5

Yale University

IELTS

7.0

Boston University

IELTS

7.0

The University of Southern California – Los Angeles

IELTS

7.0

Purdue University

IELTS

6.5

Ohio University

IELTS

6.5

Iowa State University

IELTS

6.0 (with no band less than 5.5)

George Mason University

IELTS

6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)

Clemson University

IELTS

6.5

Rochester Institute of Technology 

IELTS

6.5

Scholarships to Study Masters in Graphic Design in the USA 

S.NO

Scholarship Name

Description 

Eligibility 

Amount in USD

1

Hydrocephalus Scholarships 2022

These scholarships are awarded by the Hydrocephalus Association

International students admitted to postgraduate degrees

Partial-funding, 1000

2

Education Future International Scholarship 2022 – USA & Non-USA

This scholarship is awarded by Education Future

For Indian students

Between 2577 and 25771

3

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Association offers various scholarships to students to aid them financially in their studies abroad

For Indian students

Tuition fees and some other expenses

4

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

This scholarship is a Fulbright exchange program for overseas students

For international students

Tuition fee

5

Next-Gen Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded under the Next Genius Scholarship Program

NA

1000

 

List of Masters in Graphic Design in the USA: TOP Recruiters 

  • Washington State University.
  • Pentagram.
  • Sagmeister & Walsh.
  • All-Time Design.
  • Landor.
  • MetaDesign.
  • Huge.
  • Firstborn.
  • House Industries.
  • The Office of Paul Sahre.

How to Apply for a Master in Graphic Design in the USA?

To application process for a Master of Graphic Design in the USA is quite simple if you follow all these steps correctly. However, if you still find it hard, we recommend contacting an expert study abroad consultant.

Step 1: Choose when you would like to enrol in an American university. There are three intakes in the nation.

  • Spring intake (between January and May).
  • Summer intake (between May and August).
  • Fall intake (between September and December or early January).

Step 2: Collect all the needed documents for Masters's in Graphic Design. These may vary from university to university. However, usually, you will need these credentials on hand, which we have mentioned below for your reference.

  • Your bachelor's degree.
  • 2 to 3 Letters of Recommendation (LORs).
  • Your Statement of Purpose (SOP).
  • Previous academic transcripts.
  • Your resume or CV.
  • Proof that you participated in social and leadership activities.

Step 3: Fill out an application form with your academic and personal information for your chosen graphic designing PG program.

Step 4: Follow the next steps on the university website to proceed.

Step 5: As per the university website's instructions, submit all the requested credentials and pay the fee (usually the application fee) when prompted.

Step 6: If you receive an offer letter, prepare to fly to America. Otherwise, you always have these three options available.

  • Apply in the next year.
  • Apply in the next intake.
  • Plead your case (application) with the university. The chances are that it might change its decision.

Step 7: Done.