Master of Arts in Art and Design

Please Note:

Fall 2022 application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2022. Apply today!

The M.A. in Art and Design is a graduate degree that affords a 100% online pathway for students seeking professional growth and advancement in one of three individual tracks. Sharing a common foundational core, students can specialize in Digital Animation, Art Education, or Museum Studies. This degree has been forged to support acknowledged areas of growth and demand spanning education and industry, helping prepare graduates to meet employer demands of the 21st Century.

With a focus on technology, workforce development and arts leadership, Kennesaw State University will prepare leaders in artistic industries through embodied professional practice and pedagogy, as well as local and global engagement. Students will advance expertise in their chosen content, explore greater understanding of how to utilize technology in Art and Design, and engage in rigorous examination of creativity and professional practice.


  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) - Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in any related field including but not limited to: art, design, animation, education, history, art history, classical studies, archeology, or anthropology. Applicants with relevant experience are welcome to apply.
  • Letter of Application (Upload into the online application) - Should be in the form of a narrative which describes your education, relevant experience, and/or professional background, your future goals, and how admission into the MA in Art and Design program at Kennesaw State University will help you accomplish these goals. The letter should be specific to the program and should be 2 double-spaced pages in length.
  • Art and/or Writing Sample, relevant to concentration (Upload into the online application).
    • Digital Animation: A demo reel of animation or related work (illustration, sequential art, etc.) between thirty and sixty seconds in length. The content of the demo reel can be related to any undergraduate (or graduate-level) academic coursework and/or any professional work.
    • Art Education: 5-10 pieces of art (any medium or modality) and a 1-page teaching philosophy.
    • Museum Studies: One 5 to 10-page writing sample. This may take the form of a class research paper, capstone, or thesis, or publication.
  • Resumé/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation (OPTIONAL) concerning your academic and/or professional preparation for the MA in Art and Design program at KSU.
  • Additional concentration-specific materials (OPTIONAL) – (i.e. digital media items, samples of artwork, additional writing samples).


This program accepts applications for Fall only.

  • Term
  • Priority
    Feb 1
  • Final 
    May 1


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