Master of Arts in Information Design Curriculum

Core Courses (30 credits):

  • DES 499 Computer Applications for Graphic/Information Design
  • DES 501 Graphic/Information Design Theory I
  • DES 502 Graphic/Information Design Theory II
  • DES 520 Advanced History of Design
  • DES 598 Research Methods in Design
  • DES 503 Graphic/Information Design Practice I
  • DES 504 Graphic/Information Design Practice II
  • DES 537 Advanced Design Internship
  • Directed Elective (3 credits)
  • Capstone (3 credits)
  • DES 597 Research Project (Plan C)

The capstone requirement is a research project supervised and approved by the graduate advisor and Graduate Faculty Committee. The research project also requires final approval by the Dean, School of Graduate Studies.


  1. Students enrolled in the following courses will be assessed a $65 design Lab Fee: DES 436, 438, 439, 465,498, 499, 503,504, and 597, 598. Contact the department for additional information.
  2. Students are limited to six credits of DES designated course work per semester without permission of advisor and department chair.
  3. No more than nine credits at the 400 level, as approved by the graduate advisor, may be counted toward the graduate planned program of study.

Graduate Application Materials:

CCSU Graduate Admissions: 860.832.2350 

Apply to Graduate Program (Links to all CCSU Graduate Information)
Graduate Tuition & Fees
Admission Process 
Graduate Forms
Graduate Studies Handbook (PDF)
Masters Degree Catalog
Grad Thesis Handbook (PDF)
Special Project Handbook (PDF)
Application for Graduation (Grad)

For Academic Advising:

Eleanor Thornton, Chairperson
Department of Design 
P: 860.832.2623