Graduate Spatial Experience Design

Interior space design by Elissa Gee

Graduate Spatial Experience Design

Our Master of Science degree focuses on the sensorial and experiential qualities of spatial design and its ability to deliver a complete user experience on a variety of scales.

The program takes candidates beyond the confines of style to consider the links between the psychological, physical, emotional and sensory effects of creating space and place.

Drawing from a diverse array of fields, spatial experience investigates the dynamic qualities of story-driven design to conceive staging and sequencing which captures the dramatic qualities and needs of a specific spatial experience. Our program’s direction is to educate designers to position themselves as Author-Based Design Leaders. We develop designers who are capable of advancing the discipline and the craft of spatial design with a focus on innovation. Our graduate program combines conceptual rigor, crossed with professional practice and a focus on theoretical thinking, technical innovation, manufacturing, fabrication and project execution. Rather than merely following trends, our students define the future of our living environment. Our program enables degree candidates to specialize and obtain advanced knowledge, theory and practice. It is the mission of our department to design with empathy, sensitivity, equity, diversity and inclusion. We support spatial justice and are always looking to better understand how the creative process can make positive change in the world.

The Spatial Experience addresses our relationship between: body, materials, space, place and emotions, and our approach dictates that we work in a multidisciplinary way. This program is for students interested in elevating a multiscale spatial design direction with a strong industry focus and application.


In Spring 2022, ArtCenter's Environmental Design program will change its name and begin offering a bachelor's degree in Spatial Experience Design and, in Fall 2022, master's degrees in Spatial Experience Design and Furniture, Lighting and Fixtures Design. The name change not only recognizes shifts in the industry but also people's understanding of the spaces we inhabit and how those spaces contribute to our overall wellbeing. Students who enroll in the undergraduate program prior to Spring 2022 will still receive a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design. Similarly, students who enroll in the graduate program prior to Fall 2022 will still receive a master’s degree in Environmental Design.

From hospitality and retail design to interior design and spatial experiences, deepen your understanding of our relationship to the spaces we inhabit and the fixtures occupying them.

Earn a masters degree in Spatial Experience Design.

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Graduate Spatial Experience Design

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Take the next step toward a career in spatial experience design.