Visual Communication Design

Apply to Herron’s M.F.A. in Visual Communication Design program

Herron welcomes applicants from many backgrounds beyond design, such as business, communication, public health, environmental affairs, engineering, technology, and biomedical sciences. Successful applicants to the program value academic rigor, professionalism, collaboration, and interdisciplinary exploration. They take creative risks and are interested in how design can improve people’s lives. They incorporate thinking, making, experimentation, and research into their evolving practice.

Application components

Application fees

  • IUPUI online graduate application fee: $60 for U.S. citizens, $65 for international applicants.
  • SlideRoom portfolio submission fee: $10 (non-refundable; cannot be waived)

Herron will waive the $60 online application fee for U.S. citizens who attend our Open House or who talk with a Herron representative at the Graduate Portfolio Day event in Chicago. The $65 online application fee for international students who attend one of the two events cannot be waived.

Application deadlines

February 1: Deadline to submit your completed online application

February 15: Deadline to submit all supplemental materials


Ask an admissions advisor, or contact Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services directly at 317-278-9400 or