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. 

    2015 Schedule: May 18 – July 24

    Foundation Drawing I
    Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 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 these meetings will be distributed at orientation on May 15.

  • Fees & Payment

    The cost for the 2015 Gateway Program is $4,876 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.

  • Curriculum & Requirements

    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. Read our Course Descriptions (PDF).

    Program Criteria

    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.

  • 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: This is a part-time, non-degree-granting program. Therefore, Suffolk University cannot issue I-20s to international students wishing to participate in the Gateway Program.

    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.