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Graduate Admissions

Students in our Graduate Studies programs will address the issues of sustainable communities, new modes of mobility, human-technology experience, color and materials solutions and supporting art educators. They will develop deep knowledge and skills that will enable them to make a powerful effective impact on people’s lives through design.

Graduate Application Requirements 

Reads below to learn about the general required items from all applicants.

General CCS Application

Find the Graduate Admissions Application here

  • Provide general details including name, address, contact information, undergraduate program, etc. 
Transcripts
  • Upload a current transcript(s) (unofficial or official electronic version) of your transcript. Official copies will be requested if offered admissions.


International Applicants:

  • Submit a certified English translation of your transcript(s) from all postsecondary schools attended- undergraduate and higher.
  • The documents should include the following:
  • – A full translation of all courses and enrollment information: program, degree, dates of attendance, etc.
  • – Complete listing of courses with scores/marks and credits for all years attended in your Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree.
  • – Official grading scale/system

Resume/CV
  • Submit a current resume/curriculum vitae detailing your educational, work, and community service/volunteer experience.
Letters of Recommendation
  • Provide two (2) recommendation letters. Recommendations should come from individuals who are able to address your creative ability, academic and/or professional record, learning style, and potential for graduate education.
  • At least one letter should be provided by an academic reference or professional supervisor. Applicants can submit up to three (3) recommendation letters as part of their application.

International Applicants Additional Information

English Proficiency Exam

All applicants whose primary and/or native language is not English must submit TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test scores. Request scores are sent to CCS electronically by the exam agency (ETS or Cambridge English Assessment). Our TOEFL (ETS) code is 1035.

Minimum test scores required 

    • TOEFL: Internet version: 80; paper-based version: composite score of 527; computer-based: 197
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • Duolingo English Test: 90

      If the primary language of instruction for your undergraduate degree was English, you can request the requirement be waived in your SlideRoom application. Please provide a direct link to institutions website with details of the language of instruction. Applicants requesting a waiver will be contacted directly by the Office of Graduate Admissions regarding the decision.
Transcripts
  • Submit a certified English translation of your transcript(s) from all postsecondary schools attended- undergraduate and higher.

The documents should include the following:

  • A full translation of all courses and enrollment information: program, degree, dates of attendance, etc.
  • Complete listing of courses with scores/marks and credits for all years attended in your Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree.
  • Official grading scale/system

Program-Specific Requirements

Read below for the specific requirements of each Graduate Program at CCS.

Color & Materials Design

Color and Materials Design Requirements

    • General Application
    • Portfolio (see below for portfolio guidelines)
    • Personal Statement (see below for criteria)
    • Resume/CV
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts
    • International Requirements (see requirements above)



Additional Information

The Portfolio and Statement of Purpose will be uploaded to the program-specific SlideRoom application.


Color and Materials Design Portfolio Guidelines
Portfolios may display examples of work and experiences from a range of undergraduate disciplines, including but not limited to Architecture, Crafts, Fashion, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Industrial or Product Design, Photography, Textiles and Transportation Design.

Applicants to Color & Materials Design should include a minimum of six projects in their portfolio, including academic, personal and professional work. Submit a variety of work that shares the breadth of your skills, however seemingly unrelated to color and materials design.

Portfolios should show use of Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and additionally, any rendering software if those skills are established.

We look for work that demonstrates:

    • A strong interest in color, materials and finish [CMF] design in conjunction with providing insight into your individual work
    • The use of CMF design to make aesthetic selections that express the functional and emotional attributes of products, artifacts or experiences
    • Both research and making practices e.g. hand skills including drawing, model-making and prototyping, evidence of construction and making
    • Good organization and design in presenting ideas and concepts
    • Engagement with sustainability and human-centered design methods in developing relevant ideas
    • Material based innovation
    • The ability to write and communicate in English at a professional level
    • The ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, e.g. group projects and collaborations. (Please see below regarding Submission of Collaborative Projects)


Color and Materials Design Statement of Purpose Criteria

Applicants for the Color and Materials Design program must submit a 750-1000 word statement of purpose that outlines the following:

  • Your rationale for applying to the Color & Materials Design Graduate Program
  • Your motivation for studying design
  • What are you hoping to achieve in your graduate education? E.g. Do your interests lie in research-based practice or professional color and materials design practice?
  • Describe the qualities and characteristics, both personal and professional, that you feel you will bring to an interdisciplinary collaborative project
Transportation Design

Transportation Design Requirements

    • General Application
    • Portfolio (see below for portfolio guidelines)
    • Personal Statement (see below for criteria)
    • Resume/CV
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts
    • International Requirements (see requirements above)



Additional Information

The Portfolio and Statement of Purpose will be uploaded to the program-specific SlideRoom application.


Transportation Design Program Portfolio Guidelines 

Upload items that communicate your technical and design expertise and problem-solving skills. NOTE: It is required that applicants for the Transportation Design program include a significant number of original sketches in their portfolio submission and/or an additional sketchbook.

  • Your portfolio should include a minimum of 3-4 design projects including academic, personal and professional.
  • All projects must have a clear representation of the phases of the design process – including your project brief, research, target market development, concept ideation, development and final renderings and models – presented in a fluid, clear, systematic manner that is graphically composed.
  • All projects should be collectively presented in / submitted as a single PDF.
  • Submissions should demonstrate your technical creative skills including freehand sketching in accurate perspective, use of 2D rendering and 3D modeling and rendering software such as Photoshop, Alias, Blender, ZBrush etc.
  • Include a significant amount of original process sketches and/or a separate sketch book as a PDF attachment in SlideRoom.
  • The portfolio should reveal a high level of skill in critical thinking, creative conceptualization, overall project development, and visual communication of this development as well as final design results. 
  • All project design work presented in your portfolio should be exclusively created by you unless otherwise noted. (Creative work from another student participating in a group project with you should be clearly identified as not your work. However, research & inspiration imagery/video/animations do not need to be identified if it is evident they are not your work.)

 



Transportation Design Statement of Purpose Criteria
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Applicants must submit a 500-1000 word statement of purpose that outlines the following:

  • What is your understanding of and motivation for studying Transportation Design?
  • What are you hoping to achieve in your graduate education? Career path and/or personal enrichment?
  • Why do you think CCS is the place for you?
  • What characteristics, both personal and professional, do you feel you will contribute in team-based projects and to the field of Transportation Design?  
User Experience Design

User Experience Design  Requirements

    • General Application
    • Portfolio (see below for portfolio guidelines)
    • Personal Statement (see below for criteria)
    • Resume/CV
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts
    • International Requirements (see requirements above)



Additional Information

The Portfolio and Statement of Purpose will be uploaded to the program-specific SlideRoom application.


User Experience Design Program Portfolio Guidelines 

The graduate studies program in User Experience (UX) Design seeks students with the maturity and discipline to engage in an intensive, two-year commitment to prepare for a fulfilling career. Candidate’s submissions will be reviewed for clarity of intentions, structure of thinking, and demonstration of discipline and process. Critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity are essential. Point-of-view about user experiences and interaction design and self-awareness as to career aspirations, which may not be fully formed, are also important.

 

  • Portfolios and/or other forms of evidence such as dissertations and thesis projects, may display experience from a wide range of domains, including but not limited to interaction design, product design, industrial design, interior design and architecture, software design, and graphic design; even expertise in engineering, computing, technology, psychology, social sciences, and humanities are welcome. However, they must reflect one or more of the following.
    • Design skills: user research, conceptual organization, disciplined process
    • Systems skills: holistic viewpoints and systemic modeling in order to understand complex situations and needs, and to design for their improvement.
    • Technical skills: evidence of manual dexterity, whether in physical materials, software interfaces, or human interactions, including iteration, refinement, and convergence toward the exploration of ideas.
    • Visual thinking skills: evidence of the ability to visualize ideas and systems, and prototyping using images, plans, diagrams, and physical models. 
    • Technological awareness: Familiarity with new and emerging technologies in AI, AR, robotics, HMI, HCI and mobility systems.
  • Applicants from non-traditional design and visual arts backgrounds will need to develop competency in Adobe® visualization software (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) before commencing the program.
  • Added consideration will be given to applicants who possess one or more of the following optional skills:
    • Professional experience with design or implementation teams in any of the domains mentioned above
    • Empathy for social, economic, and global challenges, including but not limited to energy, natural resources, income disparity, and social justice
    • Implementation of web, app, or other general coding skills for front-end, back-end, platforms, cloud, and APIs
    • Proficiency in toolsets for 2D, 3D, animation, and prototyping of all kinds.

 



User Experience (UX) Design Statement of Purpose Criteria
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Applicants for the User Experience Design program must submit a 1000-2000 word statement of purpose (with references) that outlines the following:

  • What is your motivation for studying design in the context of technologically mediated user experiences?
  • What are you hoping to achieve in your graduate education? Career path and/or personal enrichment?
  • Why do you think CCS is the place for you?
  • What characteristics, both personal and professional, do you feel you will contribute to a team-based project?

Deadlines

STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Rolling Admissions: Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the priority and general deadlines.

We strongly recommend that individuals submit their completed application and all required materials at their earliest convenience.

Recommended Submission Dates:
MA in Art Education Program: May 1

All Remaining Graduate Programs:
International Applicants: May 1
Domestic (US) Applicants: July 1

Enrollment Deposit Deadline: Pay your enrollment deposit as soon as you decide to attend CCS, or by May 1.

 

Eligibility

Individuals who have or will complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree or higher by the below dates are eligible to apply for admissions to our graduate programs beginning in the 2022 Academic Year:

June 1, 2022: Art Education

August 2022: Color and Materials Design, Design for Climate Action, Motion Design, Transportation Design and User Experience Design

 

The College for Creative Studies admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.