If you want to pursue graduate studies in design, but don't have the visual arts background needed to prepare the required admissions portfolio, the Gateway Program for Graduate Design Studies is a quick and affordable way for you to achieve your goal.

  • Program Details

    Gateway is an intensive summer program designed to help you prepare the portfolio you’ll need for admission to the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture or Master of Arts in Graphic Design.

    If you want to begin your graduate studies in the fall after this summer program, you can request an expedited admission decision, provided you submit your completed graduate program application to the Office of Graduate Admission by the deadline. 

    2016 Schedule: May 23 – July 29

    Foundation Drawing I
    Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    2D/Color
    Monday & Wednesday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

    Computer Applications in Design (Graphic Design Track)
    Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    or
    Perspective Principles (Interior Architecture Track)
    Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

    Gateway Program professional and portfolio development components will meet each week on either Tuesday or Thursday. The schedule of these meetings will be distributed at orientation on May 19.

  • Fees & Payment

    The cost for the 2016 Gateway Program is $5,107 and must be paid in full at the time of registration. Payment should be made through the Continuing Education Division via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or personal check. There is no financial aid available for this program.

  • Admission

    Admission to the Gateway Program is based on your undergraduate academic performance and resume. Applicants must meet the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement of 2.75 in order to apply. To be considered for admission to the Gateway Program, you must submit a completed application and a current resume. Those whose application materials are incomplete will not be considered for the program.

    Please note: International students wishing to participate in the Gateway Program should contact Virginia Lane, Director of Continuing Education, at vlane@suffolk.edu or 617-994-4233.

    Applicants Seeking Fall Admission to Graduate Programs

    If you wish to be considered for fall admission to the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture or Master of Arts in Graphic Design program, you must submit a completed graduate application to the Office of Graduate Admission and must successfully complete all Gateway Program criteria as outlined above. If you do not qualify for fall admission or if you choose not to enroll in a graduate program in the fall, you may continue to take courses as a Continuing Education student and apply to one of our Master of Arts programs in a future semester. For more information about our graduate programs in Interior Architecture and Graphic Design, contact the Office of Graduate Admission.

Curriculum and Requirements

This intensive portfolio-building program includes three courses as well as required portfolio and career development components. Upon completion of your coursework, your final portfolio will be assessed by a faculty review team.

To successfully complete the Gateway Program, you must meet the following criteria: pass all three courses, earning a combined GPA of at least 3.0, and having no grade below a B-; participate in a portfolio review upon completion of your coursework; and attend all scheduled program activities.

Graphic Design Track

  • ADF-S101 Foundation Drawing I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course concentrates on the traditional techniques of observational drawing. Fundamental principles and elements of drawing are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by additional outside assignments. Foundation Drawing I stresses the development of visual skills as well as the broad use of drawing concepts, vocabulary, techniques and variety of materials.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Arts Admin Minor Elective

  • ADF-S166 2D/Color

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is an introductory-level course in the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. The study of color and design is supportive of all studio disciplines and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course features an intensive, hands-on approach to color and design as students create, modify and master the three dimensions of color (hue, value, and strength) plus the principles of design(line, shape, value, composition and image). This in-depth study is essential and underlies all of the visual arts as they are practiced today. An understanding of color and design influences all artists' decisions, affecting the look, meaning and use of visual phenomena.

    Type:

    Arts Admin Minor Elective

  • ADG-S219 Computer Applications in Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course students will learn the major software applications used by graphic designers, such as Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Through a series of problems, students will learn how and when to use specific software to produce their solutions and prepare portfolio-quality design.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

Interior Architecture Track

  • ADF-S101 Foundation Drawing I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course concentrates on the traditional techniques of observational drawing. Fundamental principles and elements of drawing are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by additional outside assignments. Foundation Drawing I stresses the development of visual skills as well as the broad use of drawing concepts, vocabulary, techniques and variety of materials.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Arts Admin Minor Elective

  • ADF-S166 2D/Color

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is an introductory-level course in the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. The study of color and design is supportive of all studio disciplines and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course features an intensive, hands-on approach to color and design as students create, modify and master the three dimensions of color (hue, value, and strength) plus the principles of design(line, shape, value, composition and image). This in-depth study is essential and underlies all of the visual arts as they are practiced today. An understanding of color and design influences all artists' decisions, affecting the look, meaning and use of visual phenomena.

    Type:

    Arts Admin Minor Elective

  • ADI-S108 Perspective Principles

    Prerequisites:

    Prior or concurrent drawing experience

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the systems of perspective developed during the Renaissance as a means of creating the illusion of 3-dimensional space on a 2-dimensional surface. Using 1-, 2-, and 3-point perspective, students will learn to effectively represent space. Basic drafting techniques and architectural scale are introduced. Both free-hand sketching and technical drawing methods will be emphasized. Manipulation of drawing through computerized scanning and digital photography included.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring