Master of Arts in Strategic Design

The Master of Arts in Strategic Design provides students with an advanced understanding of design, business, and communication theory. This masters in design program is a fully immersive environment that replicates the rhythms and expectations of a professional firm. Think of it as a platform where you can hone your design, marketing, art direction, copy writing skills and shine among the best in the design industry. Graduates will enter the job market ready to begin their creative careers with a portfolio of professional experience and a network of industry contacts.

What we are looking for:

  • Innovative leaders with a global vision and personal drive that extends beyond the classroom
  • Creative thinkers who can identify opportunities and strategically solve problems
  • Effective communicators who wish to connect with others across the design field
  • 42
    Total credits earned over an 18-month period
  • 100s+
    Career opportunities available post-graduation

Collaborate & Connect with Pros

It’s built into our DNA to find diverse and collaborative learners and to create unique opportunities and experiences for them, a commitment that sets our program and graduates apart. Our roster of instructors includes Furman University’s prestigious research faculty and industry professionals who bring a wealth of experience from their current roles.

  • Top 50
    Most innovative schools
  • 25+
    Undergraduate degree majors represented

Find Your Creative Career

We engage with a host of well known brands representing a variety of industries.  During their final semester, students develop their portfolios by either engaging in a practicum or internship in their field, working on a school site-based project, or by creating a thesis regarding relevant real-world issues.

Many students receive job offers before graduation!

  • 1 on 1
    Portfolio Building Support
  • 12:1
    Student/Teacher Ratio
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DESIGNSPEAK. A Design Speaker Series

DESIGNSPEAK. A Design Speaker Series

Furman University Master of Arts in Strategic Design presents: DESIGNSPEAK. The series will feature industry professionals in the design world speaking on larger overarching topics that potentially affect the industry as a whole. Local and national professionals with a variety of backgrounds will highlight topics like resiliency, sustainability, and entrepreneurship in design.

Meet our Faculty

Marta Lanier

Director of the Master of Arts in Strategic Design

Sarah Gebbie

Program Coordinator

Emily Price

Adjunct Professor

Tiffany Williams


Mary Sturgill

Media Specialist/Instructor

Brandon Inabinet

Professor, Communication Studies

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