Color & Materials Design

students at a table sorting through colors and materials

The Color & Materials Design MFA Program prepares students for a career in Color, Materials, and Finish (CMF) Design.

The curriculum invites students to discover new and innovative color and material research to create meaning between products and experiences and their user or audience. Graduates of the College’s MFA program in Color & Materials Design program work in both physical and digital spaces to advance ideas through color and materials innovation, technology, and storytelling.

In the CCS Color & Materials Design program, students explore the latest advances in materials, and their color and finish applications, through hands-on experimentation and use of state-of-the-art prototyping facilities. Using this knowledge to solve design problems, students collaborate within the design team structure to develop narratives that offer creative concept and design executions. As they learn how to look for patterns—in markets, cultures and geographic regions—they gain insight into consumer behaviors. 

This technical and aesthetic understanding of color is applied in the studio to develop creative solutions for a range of applications. Ultimately, it enables students to advance in their careers according to their own interests and objectives. 

We have welcomed students from a broad range of disciplines including:

  • The Fine Arts, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Communication or Graphic Design, Product or Industrial Design, Transportation Design, Architecture, Textile Design, or Fiber
  • Portfolios that reflect an understanding of the research and design process, an attention to detail and quality, and a well-developed design aesthetic
  • Computer proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, including:
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign

Recent Jobs and Internships

Students in Color & Materials Design have been hired for positions and participated in internships with the following companies.

Adidas black logo

blue read and white american trim logo

BASF black logo

red toyota logo

Detroit Tildetroit Tile Company black logo

blue Fauercia logo

blue General Motors logo

teal GTB logo

green Haartz logo

blue circular HP logo

Kohler logo

newell brands logo

Nike swoosh logo black

circular Nissan logo

qoros logo

black rivian logo

schneller logo

black teague logo

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Contact Us

MFA Color & Materials Design Department
T. 313.664.1475
F. 313.664.1490

Department Chair 
Sally Erickson Wilson