Art Center College Of Design

Art Center College Of Design

Environmental Design


1700 Lida Street

Pasadena, CA 91103

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science Environmental Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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 is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Western Association of School and Colleges and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL (100) or IELTS (7).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 39452 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 39452 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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