Additional Information for Design Students

Suffolk University’s New England School of Art & Design welcomes applicants of all backgrounds to apply to its MA in Graphic Design and MA in Interior Architecture, including those with undergraduate degrees in design or other areas of visual arts, and those whose undergraduate degrees are not in arts-related disciplines i.e. science, business, etc. 

Applicants’ academic and professional experience will determine program length. Those without previous visual arts training should expect to complete preparatory coursework. 

Please note that the GRE is not required for admission.

Portfolio Requirements

  • MA Graphic Design: 20 high resolution PDF files of recent, original artwork demonstrating both technical competency and creative ability. Applicants with prior studio background, who are seeking exemption from Foundation or Foundational Design coursework, should submit a significantly more extensive portfolio.
  • MA Interior Architecture: 12 to 15 pieces of recent, original artwork demonstrating both technical competency and creative ability. Applicants with prior studio background, who are seeking exemption from Foundation or Foundational Design coursework, should submit a significantly more extensive portfolio.
  • All portfolios are reviewed by the graduate faculty to determine subject matter competency.
  • Please note that original artwork should not be mailed. The University isn’t responsible for loss or damage to portfolio materials.

If you don't have a portfolio:

  • Academically qualified applicants without a substantial background in the visual arts may be required to complete Foundation-level courses (Foundation Drawing I, 2D/Color) as Continuing Education students before applying to the Master of Arts program in Graphic Design or Master of Arts program in Interior Architecture.
  • If an applicant is subsequently accepted to the program, credits earned as a Continuing Education student may be used to waive preparatory requirements. Graduate faculty members review all portfolio materials to determine subject matter competency. All other admission requirements, including an interview with the Graduate Program Director, apply.
  • Gateway Program for Graduate Design Studies is a 10-week intensive program designed to prepare those without visual arts background for entering the Master’s programs. This program is offered through the New England School of Art & Design’s Continuing Education Division.
  • For more information about pursuing Continuing Education studies prior to applying for the Master of Arts in Graphic Design or Master of Arts in Interior Architecture, please contact the Continuing Education Division at 617-994-4233.