Environmental graphic design is the comprehensive discipline of graphics, typography, and wayfinding in the built environment.



It is a design endeavor involving cognitive mapping and spatial relationships. Designers engaged in this discipline are required to have the ability to work on a human, vehicular, interactive, and print media scale.

Program Overview

Students enrolled in the direct-entry Master of Architecture must maintain certain academic standards to complete the program with an accredited architecture degree. If you cannot or choose not to enter the upper division, you can elect to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture.


Why Lawrence Tech for a Master of Arts in Environmental Graphic Design?

  • ma-env-graphic-design2.jpgThe program offers a strong balance of theory and practice, providing you with a better understanding of how graphics shape our environment.
  • You’ll learn emerging technologies in fabrication, material studies, and waste minimization; large-scale interface technology; typography; and urban, exhibition, and lighting design.
  • You’ll employ your problem-solving and design skills to create environmental graphics that are sensitive to human, urban, and environmental scale.
  • In addition to exceptional exposure in studios, seminars, and lecture classes, you’ll benefit from dedicated studio space and access to digital, wood, and metal fabrication labs.

Career Options

  • ma-env-graphic-design.jpgArchitecture
  • Wayfinding design
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Signage fabrication



Lower Division

Your 31-credit-hour program consists of:

Core courses

Electives 4
Thesis 3
Total 31

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for the Master of Arts in Environmental Graphic Design program if they are graduates of a recognized baccalaureate degree program in architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and/or interior architecture. Regular admission to the Master of Arts in Environmental Graphic Design program requires:

1.  Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;

2.  Official transcripts of all completed college work;

3.  Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;

4.  A resume, including experience and extracurricular activities.

5.  Three letters of recommendation: two from faculty members employed by a university school of architecture or interior design (not a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee), and one work reference (preferably an immediate supervisor at your current place of employment);

6.  A comprehensive portfolio demonstrating a range of visualization and design abilities and experience. Work should include creative, academic work and may include professional work with a clear statement of the applicant’s contribution. Portfolios must be submitted electronically in a single PDF format and contain no more than 25 images, with a total size not to exceed 15 MB. Send portfolio to admissions@ltu.edu.


Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.


ma-env-graphic-design3.jpg“Environmental graphic design has evolved from the allied disciplines of architecture, urban design, graphic design, environmental psychology, and wayfinding. Graduates of this program have a unique opportunity to occupy a new and dynamic design discipline.”Jim Stevens, assistant professor, College of Architecture and Design