Master of Arts in Industrial Arts

The 30-unit, two-year Master of Industrial Arts program emphasizes problem-solving competencies that facilitate the ability to solve many problems, which can be both conceptual and practical in nature. Graduate students in the Master of Industrial Arts program study visual communication and product design with an interdisciplinary perspective or may develop a specialized area of study in graphic design and/or visual communications, product design and/or manufacturing, industrial technology, project management, or digital media.

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Application Procedures

Applications for the Master of Arts in Industrial Arts program are accepted October 1 through May 1 for admission the following fall semester. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants are required to file two separate applications, one to the Division of Graduate Studies, and one to the School of Design — applicants who do not complete both requirements cannot be considered for admission.

Step 1: Apply to the Division of Graduate Studies

Admission procedures and eligibility requirements are available from the Division of Graduate Studies and SF State Bulletin (Catalog):

Step 2: Apply to the School of Design

Application requirements include:

  • Undergraduate degree with an overall 3.0 grade point average.
  • Portfolio with visual, written, and technical documentation examples.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Current résumé or cv.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Writing Analytical Exam, with a score of 4 or higher, is recommended but not required.
  • Applications are due on May 1st. Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.

Program Requirements and Curriculum

For graduates, the normal load during spring and fall is from nine to twelve units per semester and seven units during the summer. For international students immigration regulations require a minimum academic load of twelve units for undergraduates and eight units for graduates for spring, fall and summer semesters.

Additional details about the Master of Arts in Industrial Arts are available from the SF State Bulletin (Catalog).

Fees and Expenses

Resident

  • Estimated Per Semester Resident Tuition and Fees: $3,858.00
  • Estimated 2-year Resident Tuition and Fees: $15,432.00

Nonresident (U.S. and International)

In addition to the estimated regular tuition and registration fees listed above, nonresidents of the State of California must pay an additional $372 per unit (or fraction) for nonresident tuition fee. The total nonresident tuition fee paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

  • Estimated Per Semester Nonresident Tuition and Fees: $7,206.00
  • Estimated 2-year Nonresident Tuition and Fees: $28,824.00

Mailing address

School of Design
c/o San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

MAIA Video Playlist

MAIA Graduate Journal

  • Acumen: Insight into the Design Process - Spring 2012

    Acumen: Insight into the Design Process - Spring 2012

    Art for Social Change in Iran. Waterflow and the Environment. The Fight for Equality in Health and Healthcare. The Revival of Bicycle Parts. Who Designed the Pack on Your Back? The Sustainable Future. Public Transit Ticketing Systems. The Light Clock.

  • Acumen: Insight into the Design Process - Spring 2011

    Acumen: Insight into the Design Process - Spring 2011

    Macro View, Micro Space. Print and Digital Technologies and the Importance of Aura. Light on the Beautiful Life. Bridging the Gap Between Spandex and Haute Couture. The Architecture of Healing. Let's Make Those Ramps!

  • Acumen: Insight into the Design Process - Spring 2010

    Acumen: Insight into the Design Process - Spring 2010

    Design with Respect. Trash to Treasure. From Real to Virtual. The Sense of Unity. All-Around Green. The Challenges of Teaching Graphic Design. Imagination for Innovation. Tarot. Closing the Gamut. Design is Research. Ra'ad Rehabilitation Goodwill Complex in Tehran, Iran. Shades of Gray.

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