Course of Study

ArtCenter’s Spatial Experience Design program complements rigorous coursework with hands-on experiences in professional settings.

Our students investigate every aspect of how we work, live and play to create spatial experiences that resonate in the global marketplace, from furniture and lighting design to conceiving restaurant and hospitality concepts.

Curriculum is subject to change.

For students entering Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022

Spatial Experience Design

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Digital Process 1 3
Environmental Design 1 3
Design Lab 1 3
Materials and Making 3
Visual Communication 1 3
TERM 2
Branding Strategies 3
Digital Process 2 3
Environmental Design 2 3
Design Lab 2 3
Visual Communication 2 3
TERM 3
GRID: Cog Sci+Spatial Design 3
3rd Term Review 0
Digital Process 3 3
Environmental Design 3 3
Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics 3
Color, Material and Concept 3
Visual Communication 3 3
TERM 4
Intro to Modernism OR History and Theory of Gaming, Media and Entertainment Environments 3
Illumination: Lighting 3
Digital Process 4 3
Environmental Design 4 3
Structure-Interior Architecture 3
Design Lab 4 3
TERM 5
Theory of Structure 3
Sustainable Building Practices for Environmental Design 3
Sustainability Studio 3
Portfolio Studio 3
Topic Studio 3
TERM 6
Environmental Design History-type courses 3
6th Term Review 0
Topic Studio 3
Digital Process 5: Furniture & Fixtures OR Digital Process 5: Spatial 3
Spatial Materials and Surfaces 3
Experience Design 3
TERM 7
Human Factors and Design Psychology 3
Topic Studio OR Transdisciplinary Studio OR Designmatters Studio 3
Portfolio Studio 2 3
Degree Project: Development 3
TERM 8
Topic Studio 3
Degree Project: Studio 3
Senior Exhibition Design 3
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Sciences electives:
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 3
Science and Technology 3
Business and Professional Practice 3
Any of the above 6
Studio Electives 6
TOTAL
Total H&S Units 45
Total Studio Units 99
Total Required Units 144

Designmatters Minor

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Digital Process 1 3
Environmental Design 1 3
Design Lab 1 3
Materials and Making 3
Visual Communication 1 3
TERM 2
Art of Research (100) OR Art of Research (101) 3
Branding Strategies (DM) 3
Digital Process 2 3
Environmental Design 2 3
Design Lab 3
Visual Communication 2 3
TERM 3
History and Theory of Space: Looking Back 3
3rd Term Review 0
Digital Process 3 3
Environmental Design 3 3
Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics 3
Color, Material and Concept 3
Visual Communication 3 3
TERM 4
Intro to Modernism 3
Illumination: Lighting 3
Digital Process 4 3
Environmental Design 4 3
Structure-Interior Architecture 3
Design Lab 4 3
TERM 5
Theory of Structure 3
Sustainable Building Practices for Environmental (DM) 3
Sustainability Studio (DM) 3
Portfolio Studio 3
Topic Studio 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 6
Contemporary Place-Making 3
6th Term Review 0
Topic Studio 3
Digital Process 5 3
Spatial Materials and Surfaces 3
Experience Design 3
TERM 7
Human Factors and Design Psychology 3
Topic Studio (DM) OR Studio Elective (DM) 3
Portfolio Studio 2 3
Degree Project: Development 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 8
Degree Project: Studio 3
Senior Exhibition Design 3
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES and SCIENCES
Humanities 3
Social Sciences (DM) 3
Science and Technology 6
Business and Professional Practice 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 144

Because of this major I can build furniture, I could design a whole retail shop, I could do the lighting in that retail shop… I can kind of do anything.

Katie Healey Environmental Design Student