Learn to apply user experience-based design toward creating spaces that engage and delight the senses.

Graduate Environmental Design encompasses two-tracks—Spatial Experience and Furniture and Fixtures—equipping students to specialize and obtain advanced knowledge of theory and practice.

Typical length of study for the MS in Environmental Design is four full terms plus one ArtCenter Lite (ACL) summer term, and the program may be completed in two years. A three-year option includes two additional full terms.

Curriculum subject to change.

Furniture & Fixtures track—2-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Topic Studio—Furniture 3
Topic Studio—Lighting 3
Digital Process 6 3
Materials & Innovation 1 3
Space, Brand & Experience 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Advanced Topic Studio—Furniture 3
Advanced Topic Studio—Lighting 3
Digital Process 7 3
Grad Seminar 3
Theory, Concept, Culture 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER (ACL)
Research Project—Industry Sponsor 6
TERM 4 - FALL
Thesis Studio 1 6
Fabrication Innovation 1   3
Concept—Management Process 3
Topic Studio 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Thesis Studio 2 9
Documentation—Presentation 3
Fabrication Innovation 2 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 66

Furniture & Fixtures track—3-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Branding Strategies 3
Materials & Making 3
Digital Process 2 OR Digital Process 3 OR Digital Process 4 OR Digital Process 5 3
Visual Communication 2 3
Topic Studio 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Contemporary Placemaking 3
Illumination: Lighting 3
Digital Process 2 OR Digital Process 3 OR Digital Process 4 OR Digital Process 5 3
Topic Studio—Lighting 3
Topic Studio—Furniture 3
TERM 3 - FALL
Topic Studio—Furniture 3
Topic Studio—Lighting 3
Digital Process 6 3
Materials & Innovation 1 3
Space, Brand & Experience 3
TERM 4 - SPRING
Advanced Topic Studio—Furniture 3
Advanced Topic Studio—Lighting 3
Digital Process 7 3
Grad Seminar 3
Theory, Concept, Culture 3
TERM 5 - SUMMER (ACL)
Research Project—Industry Sponsor 6
TERM 6 - FALL
Thesis Studio 1 6
Fabrication Innovation 1   3
Concept—Management Process 3
Topic Studio 3
TERM 7 - SPRING
Thesis Studio 2 9
Documentation—Presentation 3
Fabrication Innovation 2 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 96

Spatial Experience track—2-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Digital Process 6 3
Materials & Innovation 1 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 1 3
Space, Brand & Experience 3
Theory, Concept, Culture 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Digital Process 7 3
Grad Seminar 3
Ambient Media & Interactivity 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 2 3
Advanced Spatial Graphics 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER (ACL)
Research Project—Industry Sponsor 6
TERM 4 - FALL
Thesis Studio 1 6
Fabrication Innovation 1   3
Concept—Management Process 3
Topic Studio 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Thesis Studio 2 9
Documentation—Presentation 3
Fabrication Innovation 2 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 66

Spatial Experience track—3-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Digital Process 2 OR Digital Process 3 OR Digital Process 4 OR Digital Process 5 3
Environmental Design 2 OR Environmental Design 3 OR Experience Design Branding 3
Design Lab 2 OR Studio Independent Study 3
Visual Communication 2 3
Topic Studio 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Contemporary Placemaking 3
Digital Process 4 3
Environmental Design 4 3
Structure—Interior Architecture 3
Design Lab 4 3
TERM 3 - FALL
Digital Process 6 3
Materials & Innovation 1 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 1 3
Space, Brand & Experience 3
Theory, Concept, Culture 3
TERM 4 - SPRING
Digital Process 7 3
Grad Seminar 3
Ambient Media & Interactivity 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 2 3
Advanced Spatial Graphics 3
TERM 5 - SUMMER (ACL)
Research Project—Industry Sponsor 6
TERM 6 - FALL
Thesis Studio 1 6
Fabrication Innovation 1   3
Concept—Management Process 3
Topic Studio 3
TERM 7 - SPRING
Thesis Studio 2 9
Documentation—Presentation 3
Fabrication Innovation 2 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 96

It’s important to me that I bring an attitude and style to the classroom that directly corresponds to what I would do in my own studio.

Cory GrosserGraduate Environmental Design faculty