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Design Thinking

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art-Design Thinking graduate degree program is a 100% online, terminal degree graduate program that provides students with in-depth experiences in using the design process to solve complex problems. While enrolled in this graduate program, students participate in interdisciplinary teams using creative and multifaceted design methodologies that address international issues.

Program Options

Why choose Radford?



Complete a Certificate in Design Thinking in as little as one year or complete the M.F.A. in as little as two years.


Improved Skillset

Advance your skill set by learning the design process that inspires innovation in any industry.


Online Degree

All courses are offered 100% online, allowing students to learn on their time from anywhere in the world.

Earn your degree online.

A 60-credit program, the MFA in Art-Design Thinking provides an approach that focuses on:

  • Design Thinking – The theories and methods relative to creative cognition;
  • Design History – The historical and political context of design;
  • Design Research – The science of design grounded in research and scholarship;
  • Design Management – The dynamics of team work and management; and
  • Design Doing – The experimental opportunities in virtual studios with team-based solutions.

Students can complete the MFA in Art-Design Thinking degree in two years if enrolled as a full-time student or four years if enrolled as a part-time student.

I chose Radford University’s MFA in Art-Design Thinking program because of the relevant design methodologies it focuses on. The program is completely online, an important factor for me as a working professional."

Nakia Shelton '20