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Our Master of Science degree in Environmental Design focuses on the parameters of sensory-based 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 design. Our graduates become uniquely qualified to advance the impact and discipline of environmental design.

Drawing from a diverse array of fields, the Environ-mental Design Department 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. The graduate program concentrates on conceptual rigor crossed with professional practice and a focus on theoretical thinking, technical innovation, manufacturing, fabrication and project execution. Rather than merely following trends, students define the future of our living environment.

Graduate Environmental Design is a two-track program that enables degree candidates to specialize and obtain advanced knowledge of theory and practice. The Spatial Experience track addresses the relationship among body, materials, space 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. The Furniture and Fixtures track investigates the relationship among space, place, function and application of furniture and fixture design, emphasizing innovation, industry standards and the manufacturing process; this program deepens understanding of production furniture, case goods and fixtures and their relationship to manufacturing, materials, market and brand.

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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