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Graduate Environmental Design

“Rather than merely following trends, Graduate Environmental Design students define the future.”

David Mocarski, Chair

Degree: Master of Science

Art Center’s Graduate Environmental Design program addresses the relationships between body, materials, space and emotion. Our focus goes beyond style, considering the links between the psychological, physical, emotional and sensory effects of quality design.

We design experience—from the first moment of encounter to the last moment of interaction. Our approach dictates that we work in a multi-disciplinary way, and most often we are the ones generating the creative guidelines by which the total experience is explored. We define ourselves as opportunity seekers in the creative process.

Tracks in Spatial Experience and Furniture and Fixtures enable students to specialize and obtain advanced knowledge on theory and practice. Our focus points towards hospitality, retail, office, exhibition and event design.

The goal of our program is to educate designers to position themselves as author-based design leaders. Our graduates are designers capable of advancing the discipline and the craft of environmental design. Our program concentrates on extensive conceptual rigor crossed with business practices with a focus on theoretical thinking, technical innovation, manufacturing, fabrication and project execution.

Art Center’s history of industry partners and internationally acclaimed alumni and faculty create a vibrant environment in which to investigate the future of spatial, furniture, lighting and fixture design.

Our students create opportunity, innovation and development within our discipline. Scenography enhances our students’ ability to make meaningful connection in all that they design.

Art Center also offers an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design for students looking to explore the relationship between space, object and emotion.

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