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The 2008–2013 survey of M.Design / MFA alumni was conducted online and received a 100% response rate (60 out of 60 graduates). Many thanks to all of you who participated!

UW M.Design / MFA Student Statistics

Graduate Applications 2006–2013

Applications to the Design graduate program have risen 383% over the past nine years, enabling greater selectivity (acceptance rates have declined from 11% to 4%).

2-Year vs. 3-Year
Enrollment 1996–2013

The Division accepts a limited number of candidates as 3-year students (8 out of 60).

Graduating Class Size 1996–2013

Graduate enrollment has increased from one-two students per year (1996–2001) to an average of five students per year (2004–2013). Gray bars indicate student attrition.

Undergraduate Degrees
1996–2013

80% of M.Design / MFA alumni have an undergraduate degree in Art or Design; 50% have a BFA in Design.

Gender Ratio 1996–2013

Male graduate students slightly outnumber female candidates (33 vs. 27).

Average Age Upon Entry

The average age of M.Design / MFA candidates upon program entry is 28.

UW M.Design / MFA Alumni Statistics

Initial Employment After Graduation 1996–2013

The first job after graduation may be a full-time position, a design internship, or contract / freelance design work.

Time Until Initial Employment 1996–2013

The average time for a M.Design / MFA graduate to find employment after graduate school is one month. The majority (91%) of M.Design / MFA alumni find employment within three months after graduation.

Current Alumni
Employment 1996–2013

The majority (68%) of M.Design / MFA alumni work for either corporations or design consultancies. The remainder is equally divided between academic employment (15%) and self-employment (15%).

Current Alumni Employment 1996–2013

The majority (68%) of M.Design / MFA alumni work for either corporations or design consultancies. The remainder is equally divided between academic employment (15%) and self-employment (15%).

M.Design / MFA Design Employers 1996–2013

The following is a partial list of corporations, design consultancies, and academic institutions that have employed MFA and M.Design alumni.


Academic Institutions
Dalian University, China
Louisiana Tech University
Northern Kentucky University
Pacific Lutheran University
San José State University
Seattle Pacific University
University of Washington
University of Oregon
Winthrop University

Companies and Consultancies
Amazon
Aquent
Boeing
Cambia Health
EMP
Facebook
FiftyThree, Inc.
Filter
Frog Design
Gensler
Google
Hornall Anderson
HTC Corporation
Julep
KYN


Microsoft
NCR
Nordstrom
Pacific Studio
RMB Vivid
Samsung
Schema Design
Siegel + Gale
Teague
Tectonic
Tether, Inc.
Toolhouse
UW Fisheries
VSA Partners
Yahoo

Disciplinary Focus 1996–2013

General / broad VCD practice is the most common career focus (43%). However, 25% of alumni (15 / 60) specialize in IxD, and 12% (7 / 60) are employed in ID.

Employment in Higher
Education 1996–2013

Over one third (38%) of all M.Design / MFA alumni are involved in higher education/design education.

Location Before and After Graduation 1996–2013

The majority of M.Design / MFA candidates are out-of-state applicants (66% = 40 / 60); 33% are residents from the greater Seattle metropolitan area. After graduation, most alumni (60% = 36 / 60) remain in the Seattle area.