2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Collaborative Design, MFA

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Prof. Don Carr dwcarr@syr.edu


Kathleen Brandt, Don Carr, James W Fathers, Jonathan Mills, Sarah Redmore


The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in collaborative design 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 to work collaboratively on the world’s significant problems for the greater good. The program leads to a master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree in collaborative design.

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, allowing students to gain unique perspectives and project-based design experiences that lead to a competitive advantage once they graduate. For its inaugural class, the collaborative design program will be focusing its research on designed lifespan initiatives.

The program is housed within the Department of Design, in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). The program leverages the energy and activities of other nationally and internationally prominent Syracuse University organizations such as the Aging Studies Institute, the Burton Blatt Institute, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence, as well as SU colleges such as the iSchool, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Whitman School of Management, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

A background in design is not required for admission to the program. Students with no design experience will learn basic technical skills and design methodology prior to beginning the program through a series of courses (introduction to design studio and design communications.) All students, even those with a design background, are required to take the course on design thinking and strategies.


Summer (required for students with no design background)

Summer (required for ALL students)

First Year - Fall Semester:

First Year - Spring Semester:

Second Year - Fall Semester:

Second Year - Spring Semester:

Minimum number of credits to graduate: 60

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