Degree Requirements


For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have satisfied all prerequisites, completed a minimum of 60 approved course credits, achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and had their thesis approved by the defense committee. Students must have advanced to degree candidacy before being permitted to attend graduation ceremonies.


  • Visual: Each student must complete an object-based collection, a minimum of 12 looks or equivalent, to be completed in the THESIS–CONCLUDE space; all proposed alternative outcomes are to be negotiated with and approved by the chair in the third semester THESIS–EDIT space.
  • Written: Each student is to complete a written component at the end of each thesis course, prompting the students to reflect on the work done at every step: IDEA, PLAY, FOCUS, EDIT, and CONCLUDE. This final paper should be considered a reflective piece of writing to support the student’s defense of the thesis to an industry panel and a selected audience.

Time Requirement for Degree Completion

Students may only matriculate full time; the program takes place over four consecutive semesters, beginning in the fall and ending in the second spring. The final semester coursework is dedicated to students’ theses.