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Equipping the Custodians of the Culture

MC offers the state's only MFA in Graphic Design

“I love graphic design. It’s my God-given talent and it’s given me a passion for creating that surpasses everything else,” says Derek Walker ‘12. “I love what I do too much to keep it to myself, so I want to teach graphic design on a college level. When MC was considering offering the MFA in graphic design, I let my art professors know that if they started it, I would come.”

Walker’s dream was realized in 2012, when Mississippi College launched the state’s first and only master of fine arts in graphic design program.

“The idea for the program began with the MC art faculty, whose members saw a need for the program in Mississippi,” Dr. Randy Miley, chairman of the MC art department, says. “Many of our graphic design students wanted to teach, and you must have a terminal degree to teach at the university level. Other students wanted to learn new technical skills. We saw an opportunity for MC to be the place that helped them achieve those goals.”

While there were several associate and bachelor’s degree programs in graphic design offered in Mississippi, the state was losing those students who wished to pursue an advanced degree. With fewer than 10 universities in the Southeast offering an MFA in graphic design, the potential for creating a successful program at Mississippi College was clear.