Xiaoyu Qi | ASI Presentation, Gestural Interface

Students are admitted to the program for the summer semester only for a two-year immersion experience. 

Students with no design experience will learn the basic technical skills and design methodology during the summer, and before beginning the program in earnest, 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 60-credit-hour M.F.A. program structure consists of three components per semester: a 6-credit studio (Design Project), a 3-credit research course (Design Research), and 6 credits of electives each semester. A minimum of 3 elective credits each semester is dedicated to the Plus requirement (your specific area of choice).

Design Project provides a studio-based experience and environment where students work collaboratively on problems and develop solutions. Design Researchsupports the activities of the studio and thesis development. It is expected that the work in the Plus courses would also support studio work and be interrelated with the Design Research course. A student whose area of interest is in entrepreneurship, for example, may bring issues of marketing and production into play in the development of the studio project and use the Design Research course to examine theories of marketing in relationship to design development.

Students will continue onto their second year after passing a review at the end of their first year and must complete a final presentation and master’s thesis in order to graduate.

Summer Boot Camp

DES 601 Design Thinking & Strategies (3 credits). Required for all students.
DES 648 Intro to Design Communication (3 credits)*
*required for students with no design background

All Students

Summer orientation

First Year, Fall Semester

DES 772 Design Project (6 credits)
DES 647 Design Research (3 credits)
DES 748 Design Communication (3 credits)
Plus requirement #1 (3 credits)

First Year, Spring Semester

DES 772 Design Project (6 credits)
DES 647 Design Research (3 credits)
Plus requirement #2 (3 credits)
Studio elective (3 credits)

Second Year, Fall Semester

DES 772 Design Project (6 credits)
DES 771 Analysis and Synthesis (3 credits)
Plus requirement #3 (3 credits)
Studio elective (3 credits)

Second Year, Spring Semester

DES 996 Final Presentation (6 credits)
DES 997 Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Minimum credits for graduation: 60

Refer to Syracuse University's graduate course catalog for more information about our courses.

Graduate Course Catalog