Graduate Spatial Experience Design

Course of Study

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

The typical length of study for the MS in Spatial Experience Design is four full terms plus one ArtCenter (ACL) summer term. The program may be completed in two years. A three-year option includes two additional full terms.

Curriculum subject to change.

2-year (5 terms)

TERM 1 - FALL
Digital Process 6: Spatial 3
Materials and Innovation 1 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 1 3
Advanced Spatial Graphics 3
Space, Brand and Experience 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Digital Process 7: Spatial 3
Grad Seminar 3
Ambient Media and Interactivity 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 2 3
Theory, Concept, Culture 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER (ACL)
Research Project—Industry Sponsor OR Internship 6
TERM 4 - FALL
Topic Studio 3
Thesis Studio 1: Spatial 6
Fabrication Innovation 1: Spatial 3
Classroom to Career 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Thesis Studio 2: Spatial 9
Fabrication Innovation 2: Spatial 3
Graduate Exhibition Design 3
Completed Thesis 0
TOTAL
Total Required Units 66

3-year (7 terms)

TERM 1 - FALL
Digital Process 3 OR Digital Process 4 OR Digital Process 5 3
Environmental Design 3 OR Experience Design 3
Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics & Interactive 3
Visual Communication 3 3
Topic Studio: Advanced Spatial Rendering 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Contemporary Place-making 3
Digital Process 4 3
Environmental Design 4 3
Structure—Interior Architecture 3
Design Lab 4 3
TERM 3 - FALL
Digital Process 6: Spatial 3
Materials and Innovation 1 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 1 3
Advanced Spatial Graphics 3
Space, Brand and Experience 3
TERM 4 - SPRING
Digital Process 7: Spatial 3
Grad Seminar 3
Ambient Media and Interactivity 3
Spatial Scenography Studio 2 3
Theory, Concept, Culture 3
TERM 5 - SUMMER (ACL)
Research Project—Industry Sponsor OR Internship 6
TERM 6 - FALL
Topic Studio 3
Thesis Studio 1: Spatial 6
Fabrication Innovation 1: Spatial 3
Classroom to Career 3
TERM 7 - SPRING
Thesis Studio 2: Spatial 9
Fabrication Innovation 2: Spatial 3
Graduate Exhibition Design 3
Completed Thesis 0
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 Spatial Experience Design faculty