Color & Materials Design
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:
Recent Jobs and Internships
Students in Color & Materials Design have been hired for positions and participated in internships with the following companies.
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MFA Color & Materials Design Department
Sally Erickson Wilson