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Environmental Design

THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT TRACKS OF STUDY:

Spatial Experience Design, M.S. degree
Furniture & Fixtures Design M.S. degree

The Spatial Experience Design track addresses the relationships between the Individual • Materials • Space & Emotion. The program focus takes us beyond style to consider the links between the psychological, physical, emotional and sensorial effects of spatial design. Students will approach the design experience from the first moment of encounter to the last moment of interaction. In a sense, students will see themselves as the“Conductor” of the experience. This approach will involve a multi- disciplinary interaction with students from other creative disciplines, but in most cases, the Environmental Design student generates the creative guidelines by which the total experience is explored. This program is for students who are interested in creating and elevating multi-scale spatial designs with an industry focus and application.

Students will often have a prior degree in Environmental Design, Architecture or Interior Architecture. A student should have a rich background in spatial investigation and be experienced in the exploration of spatial projects in both hand and digital skill sets.

The Furniture & Fixtures Design track investigates the relationships between: Space • Place • Function & Application of furniture and fixtures design. The program is focused on innovation, industry standards and the understanding of the manufacturing process for mass production furniture, case goods and fixture design. Furniture and fixtures are viewed as an integrated component of the spatial experience. The psychological, physical and emotional role of furniture in our living and working environments are explored. The design focus goes well beyond style to consider the links between the user, brand, function and the industry. This is a program for students who want to elevate their understanding of production furniture and its relationship to manufacturing, materials and market.

Students will often have a prior degree in Environmental, Product, or Furniture Design or a major with strong 3-d making and conceptual skillsets.

 

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A completed admission application

This may be downloaded, or completed online at applyweb.com/apply/accd.

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A nonrefundable application fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent aliens or $70 for non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent alien residents.

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Official transcripts from all colleges attended

A completed undergraduate degree must be verified prior to enrollment. Preference is given to students who have completed their prior studies with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

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Your portfolio

A portfolio of work demonstrating the candidate’s design abilities.

Spatial Experience Track Applicants: Students should have a rich background in spatial investigation and be experienced in the exploration of spatial projects in both hand and digital skill sets. Prospective students need to submit at least three completed spatial projects. These projects should be fully documented with indication of goals, research, hand sketch development, digital and hand model-making. The conceptual design process should include variations on ideas as well as demonstration of the path that led to final solutions. Related artwork can be included if it inform the understanding of the applicant’s background.

Furniture & Fixtures Track Applicants: Students should have a rich background in furniture and fixture investigation and be experienced in the fabrication process, both hand and digital skill sets. Submit at least three completed full-size proto-type furniture or fixture projects, including sketching, model making and documentation of the complete design development process. The latter should include variations on ideas as well as demonstration of the path that led to final solutions. Related art work can be included if it informs the understanding of the applicant’s background.

The following formats are acceptable:

  • Slideroom (Web-based).
    Our preferred method for submission is through Slideroom. Upload your portfolio images at https://artcenter.slideroom.com. A nominal fee will be charged by Slideroom for this service. Full instructions are listed on their site. For general artwork, we recommend scanned images rather than photos for best resolution. Film applicants should provide a DVD; see below for details.
  • Non-Returnable Printed Portfolio.
    Maximum size limit is 11" x 17", including the envelope or covering. This can include a presentation format or simply individual samples of the work. This format works well for the design disciplines in which presentation or project formats are appropriate. Copies of sketchbook can be included in this format along with the portfolio. Work will not be returned.
    Mail with your name and address to: Admissions Office, Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena, CA 91103

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Written essay

Provide a written statement that delineates your motivation for pursuing a graduate program. This should include both topics and areas of interest and specific goals to be undertaken in the program. Provide detailed information about your software knowledge and level of competency. In addition, describe specific skills and competencies you want to achieve. The statement should also include goals beyond completion of the program and describe how a design education will relate to your career objectives.

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Required English Proficiency Testing

Graduate applicants whose bachelor's degree was achieved in a language other than English must score at least 100 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) or 7 on the I.E.L.T.S to be considered for admission.

Visit www.TOEFL.org or www.ielts.org for testing and procedures information. Art Center does not accept institutional scores, and all scores must be sent directly from the testing service. We do not accept electronic download scores from I.E.L.T.S. In addition, the College may require minimum scores on each section of the test.

   
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