Syracuse University

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Collaborative Design


Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in collaborative design (Design Plus) is a two year graduate program that engages students in collaborative practice within a dynamic multi-disciplinary studio environment. This professional graduate program breaks down boundaries in the academic and corporate worlds, bringing together students, faculty, communities, and businesses together to work collaboratively on the world's significant problems for the greater good. The program intersects design thinking with a specific area of focus, allowing for in-depth exploration of major issues with a variety of industry and research partners. The M.F.A. in collaborative design is closely aligned with the internationally recognized strengths of Syracuse University, allowing design to be integrated with various campus-wide initiatives. The curriculum is propelled by research work that takes place on an ongoing basis within the Design Laboratory, allowing students to gain unique perspectives and project-based design experiences that lead to a competitive advantage once they graduate. A background in design is not required for admission to this program. Students with no design experience will learn basic technical skills and design methodology prior to beginning the program through a series of courses. Students with a design background will not be required to take these courses. All students will attend an orientation to better understand the specific focus area of the program and how it pertains to design. The collaborative design program is part of the Department of Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The department takes pride in professionally oriented programs, many of which are top-ranked in the United States. Students and faculty throughout the department address first hand the issues of the world around it, with focus on sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice. Graduate students in collaborative design will interact with this inquisitive and intelligent community.


National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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