Program Details

The MFA Design graduate's vision is not simply to design how things are made, but to shape what the task will be.
Detroit, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Industrial Design

Program Overview

Program Description:

The MFA Design graduate’s vision is not simply to design how things are made, but to shape what the task will be. Rather than acting as mere stylists of technological artifacts, students design experiences. They shape the world by creating new expectations and, in the process, develop a deep understanding of the human environment so that they are equipped to offer fresh perspectives to critical contemporary challenges.

Such sweeping claims are grounded in the concrete. With our institutional commitment to the designer as maker and doer, the studio format is at the heart of the graduate program’s curriculum. Each student will complete at least two extensive team-based studio projects. Following a design development path that begins with rigorous research, they will see the project through multiple phases to completion.

Those final results, whether tangible or not, are shaped and informed by lecture courses in history, business practices, and the social sciences. Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminars are structured to bring together students with experts from a wide variety of fields, in a platform that will stretch and challenge conventional thinking.

There is an opportunity to earn academic credit and gain first-hand experience through formally structured industry-sponsored projects, and students may be offered teaching assistantships in CCS undergraduate programs.

Additional Program Information

CCS is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.
Applicants must: Demonstrate the adoption of cutting-edge technology in their design processes, and an interest in future trends Possess a high standard of skills in drawing and possess well-developed skills in 3-D spatial perception and form, as related to either general design and/or transportation design Complete the online application Submit official college transcript(s). Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 college grade point average Present a portfolio in a digital format (either CD and/or personal web-site) that communicates the applicant’s problem-solving skill as well as technical and aesthetic skill levels Write a statement of purpose: the applicant’s objectives in seeking an MFA. This document also serves as the applicant’s writing sample Submit a résumé/CV Provide three recommendations from people who know the prospective student’s academic or professional record and potential for graduate study Candidates will be contacted for an interview
International Requirements:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum composite score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test. The TOEFL is not required if the student’s undergraduate degree program was taught in English. -Each transcript must be translated into English and must include the school’s grading scale so that we may convert your academic class grades. Please submit descriptions of your studies in each university studio class so that we can determine their eligibility for transfer. -Official certification from a financial institution documenting funds to cover one year’s tuition and expenses ($43,235). The actual amount available for studies must be stated in U.S. dollars. -All payments must be made by credit card, check (drawn on U.S. bank) or international money order. -I-20’s are issued after all requirements are met.

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