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.
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 completing the summer Gateway Program, you can request an expedited admission decision, provided your completed graduate program application has been submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission by the deadline.
2014 Schedule: June 2 - August 8
Foundation Drawing I
Monday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday & Wednesday 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Computer Applications in Design (Graphic Design Track)
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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 meetings will be distributed at Orientation.
Fees & Payment:
The cost for the 2014 Gateway Program is $4759 and must be paid in full at the time of registration. Payment should be made through the Continuing Education Division. Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or personal check. There is no financial aid available for this program.
Dec. 2 - April 1 Priority Application Period
April 1 Priority Application Deadline
April 11 Admission notifications sent
April 23 Deadline to accept or decline admittance
May 29 Orientation, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Curriculum & Requirements
Gateway Program Curriculum
This intensive portfolio-building program includes three courses: Foundation Drawing I, Color / 2-Dimensional Design, and Perspective Principles (Interior Architecture track) or Computer Applications in Design (Graphic Design track), 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. Course Descriptions (PDF)
Gateway Program Criteria
To successfully complete the Gateway Program you must meet the following criteria:
- pass all 3 courses, earning a combined GPA of at least 3.0 and have no grade below a B-
- participate in a portfolio review upon completion of your coursework
- attend all scheduled activities associated with the Gateway Program
Gateway Program Admissions Criteria
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: This is a part-time non-degree granting program and therefore Suffolk University cannot issue I-20's to international students wishing to participate in the Gateway Program.
Applicants Seeking Fall Admission
If you wish to be considered for fall admission to the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture or Master of Arts in Graphic Design programs for the fall semester, 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 status student and apply to one of our Master of Arts programs in a future semester. For more information about the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture or Graphic Design contact the Office of Graduate Admission.