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Master of Fine Arts in Integrative Design

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The Spring Semester Starts January 8


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    About Our Integrative Design Program

    A Master of Fine Arts in Integrative Design degree from Athens State University can help turn your creative passion into a rewarding career. With classes offered at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Alabama, our supportive faculty are dedicated to providing expert instruction and hands-on training to develop the skills you need to create your career and excel in the arts industry.

    Program Options

    Media and Digital Arts

    Will focus on a variety of strategic design elements common to the rapidly changing modern marketplace, such as: photography, graphic design, videography, motion design, virtual environments, multimedia, digital audio recording, User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design as well as training in Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality design (AR, VR, and MR, respectively).

    Painting and Drawing

    Includes a strong emphasis on the advanced development of drawing and painting as a form of communication in the 21st century. Students will 1) explore experimental and expanded practices in animation, new media, and digital painting, 2) use critical theory to analyze new and relevant analog and digital works in contemporary art and animation, 3) Experiment with stop-motion, digital painting, installation, and other 2D and 3D techniques to develop language and conceptual skill as an independent artist or professional animator.


    Offers the opportunity for studio work involving both technical and conceptual challenges. Through questioning and experimentation, students work to consolidate materials and processes while developing strong conceptual and expressive ideas.

    Why Choose Athens State for Your Master of Fine Arts in Integrative Design Degree?

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    Students in the MFA in Integrative Design program are expected to apply knowledge gained from their course work to develop professional artistic skills and mature as artists. Progress through the curriculum is fluid and logical, with increasingly challenging assignments and projects that expand creative problem-solving skills, develop creative and technical skills, and enrich communication, research, and collaborative skills.

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    The curriculum is structured to produce graduates who possess a diverse range of coursework appropriate to a career that demands a person be highly skilled in one of the areas of concentration: painting and drawing, ceramics, or media and digital design.

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    As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, Athens State provides you the best value for your investment.

    “I’ve always been a creative person, a creative kid. I used to think that I wanted to build jets one day and become an engineer. But after falling in love with playing the guitar and with art, I realized that I didn’t want to do something to cause me to put it down.”

    Chris W.

    Art, ’15

    About Athens State University

    Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher-education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students – whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers – and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.