ArtCenter’s Environmental Design program complements rigorous coursework with hands-on experiences in professional settings.

Our students investigate every aspect of how we work, live and play to create spatial experiences that resonate in the global marketplace, from furniture and lighting design to conceiving restaurant and hospitality concepts.

Environmental Design

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Digital Process 1 3
Environmental Design 1 3
Design Lab 1 3
Materials & Making 3
Visual Communication 1 3
TERM 2
Art of Research 3
Branding Strategies 3
Digital Process 2 3
Environmental Design 2 3
Design Lab 2 3
Visual Communication 2 3
TERM 3
3rd Term Review 0
History & Theory of Space: Looking Back 3
Digital Process 3 3
Environmental Design 3 3
Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics 3
Color, Material & Concept 3
Visual Communication 3 3
TERM 4
Intro to Modernism 3
Illumination: Lighting 3
Digital Process 4 3
Environmental Design 4 3
Structure-Interior Architecture 3
Design Lab 4 3
TERM 5
Theory of Structure 3
Sustainable Building Practices for Environmental Design 3
Sustainability Studio 3
Portfolio Studio 3
Topic Studio 3
Transdisciplinary Studio 3
TERM 6
6th Term Review 0
Contemporary Place Making 3
Topic Studio 3
Digital Process 5 3
Spatial Materials & Surfaces 3
Experience Design 3
TERM 7
Human Factors & Design Psychology 3
Topic Studio 3
Portfolio Studio 2 3
Degree Project: Development 3
TERM 8
Degree Project: Studio 3
Senior Exhibition Design 3
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Studio Electives 6
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 144

Designmatters Minor

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Digital Process 1 3
Environmental Design 1 3
Design Lab 1 3
Materials & Making 3
Visual Communication 1 3
TERM 2
Art of Research (100) OR Art of Research (101) 3
Branding Strategies (DM) 3
Digital Process 2 3
Environmental Design 2 3
Design Lab 3
Visual Communication 2 3
TERM 3
History & Theory of Space: Looking Back 3
3rd Term Review 0
Digital Process 3 3
Environmental Design 3 3
Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics 3
Color, Material & Concept 3
Visual Communication 3 3
TERM 4
Intro to Modernism 3
Illumination: Lighting 3
Digital Process 4 3
Environmental Design 4 3
Structure-Interior Architecture 3
Design Lab 4 3
TERM 5
Theory of Structure 3
Sustainable Building Practices for Environmental (DM) 3
Sustainability Studio (DM) 3
Portfolio Studio 3
Topic Studio 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 6
Contemporary Place-Making 3
6th Term Review 0
Topic Studio 3
Digital Process 5 3
Spatial Materials & Surfaces 3
Experience Design 3
TERM 7
Human Factors & Design Psychology 3
Topic Studio (DM) OR Studio Elective (DM) 3
Portfolio Studio 2 3
Degree Project: Development 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 8
Degree Project: Studio 3
Senior Exhibition Design 3
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES & SCIENCES
Humanities 3
Social Sciences (DM) 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 144

Because of this major I can build furniture, I could design a whole retail shop, I could do the lighting in that retail shop… I can kind of do anything.

Katie Healey Environmental Design Student