Each year, students in the College for Creative Studies’ four MFA programs — Color & Materials, Integrated Design, Interactive Design and Transportation Design — can look forward to securing post-graduate jobs with top employers around the world. 2017 graduates are no exception, as CCS faculty, facilities and resources give these young professionals a considerable advantage.
“Most of us have the opportunity to learn what we need in the workplace, but what we try to do here at CCS is train them to understand and anticipate some of those problems.” explained Sally Erickson Wilson, chair of Color and Materials Design, which produces specialists who not only assess color, craftsmanship and quality but also forecast trends across a variety of industries.
Perhaps this high-level preparation most distinguishes all of the College’s MFA graduates, who intern with premiere firms in a number of industries while still students at CCS.
Even before graduation in May 2017, five of seven Color and Materials Design graduates had secured positions at Nike; Ford Motor Company; Rivian Automotive; Karma Automotive and Teague, a global design consultancy that works across disciplines in interaction, product, environmental and mechanical design. In addition, all four junior-level students had secured internships at General Motors, Nissan, Kohler and GST Leather.
Eight graduates in Integrated Design, an interdisciplinary program combining advanced creative skills in 2D, 3D and experience design with contemporary business practices and research methods, have secured positions as experience designers with HARMAN International, Twisthink, Cisco, Whirlpool, Narvar / Shipping Experience Redefined, Huntington National Bank and SOS Children’s Villages.
All graduates from Interaction Design and Transportation Design have found positions with top firms.
The two Interaction Design program graduates were both hired as new media designers at Lane Automotive. The four Transportation Design graduates will work for Karma Automotive (two placements), Johnson Controls in Germany and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), which provides information technology, systems integration, and e-business solutions, in Shanghai, China.