College of Fine Arts-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

College of Fine Arts (CFA)








Architecture – M.S., Ph.D.

The Master of Science in Architecture (MSA) is a post-professional, research-based degree program intended primarily for practitioners in the building industry who are interested in broadening their knowledge base and skill set for use in professional practice.

Building Performance and Diagnostics – M.S., Ph.D.

Building Performance & Diagnostics deals with the comprehensive integration of building design andadvanced technology, as a means of producing high performance architecture.  Led by the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics (CBPD) and housed within the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, students have the opportunity to gain both diversity and depth of knowledge from world-renowned an experienced faculty. 

Computational Design [with SCS and CEE] – M.S., Ph.D.

One of the first and best-known Computational Design programs in the US, our legacy continues today.  Under the direction of dedicated faculty and in collaboration with other departments in the University, (e.g.. School of Computer Sciences and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering), our visionary students continue to push for innovation and evolution of the state-of-the art in design technology.

Sustainable Design – M.S.

At the forefront of research in Sustainable Design and technology for over 35 years, Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture is recognized internationally for its large core of dedicated faculty, providing a solid foundation from which students can learn how to positively and sustainably affect the future of the built environment.  This is a post-professional degree program that integrates Design and Technology to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for professional practice.

Master of Tangible Interaction Design

The Master of Tangible Interaction Design (mTID) is truly an interdisciplinary program that integrates computational intelligence and the physical world.  MTID students make interaction tangible by building and programming working prototypes.  Housed in the Computation Design (CoDe) Lab, and leveraging our state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication (dFab) Lab, the program cultivates experimentation and collaboration in an intimate studio setting.

Master of Urban Design

Building on our legacy of Urban Design, and in partnership with the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI), this studio-based Master of Urban Design program emphasizes environmental, economic, social and cultural issues affecting the contemporary metropolis, while providing a comprehensive foundation in design, theory, history, policy, management and technical skill.

Doctorate in Professional Practice (DPP)

The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DPP) offers distance learning, coupled with on-site educational workshops that support “learning through practice.” It is a three-year program, with specific coursework and scholarship to achieve candidacy status during the first year, a proposal defense the second year, and a thesis defense the final year. Modes of study include conference and video calls, web-based learning, field work, professional practice work, international exchange, institutional meetings and conferences, and other distance learning methods. The PPD program targets mid-career professionals aspiring to solve advanced problems in the fields of architecture, engineering, or construction.

Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management [with CEE] – M.S., Ph.D.

A joint effort between the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management (AECM) programs prepare building delivery professionals for careers in capital project delivery. Graduates are educated to become effective decision makers who can positively impact economic, environmental, and ethical aspects of the built environment through professional management strategies.
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This three-year interdisciplinary program integrates traditional and experimental art research and practice, both individual and collaborative, in 2-D, 3-D and 4-D media. The program emphasizes art in context (social, cultural, historical and scientific), and is a vital participant in the emergent Pittsburgh arts community.

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Communication Planning and Information Design [with English]—M.Des.

This two-year professional program is for students who want to explore the new arts of communication and the creative potential of the interplay between words and images in traditional and innovative media. The program provides a balanced integration of theory, practice and production in seminar and studio courses. Students work a summer internship in an organization for experience.

Interaction Design—M.Des.

This two-year professional program is for students who wish to explore designing for interaction. Our traditional areas of focus include effective human-computer communication, visualization and navigation through information spaces, time-based information design and collaborative design practice. Seminar and studio courses provide a balanced integration of theory, practice and production.

Design Theory—Ph.D.

Interaction Design—Ph.D.

New Product Development—Ph.D.

Typography and Information Design—Ph.D.

The School of Design offers a doctoral program for students who want to investigate fundamental problems in the nature and practice of design.The program is grounded in the design disciplines but strongly encourages interdisciplinary study, drawing on the strengths of the School of Design and the resources of a leading research university with excellence in the arts and humanities, engineering, computer science, business and the social and behavioral sciences.

Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services [with CIT and Tepper]—MII-PS

The one-year professional degree in integrated innovation is offered by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon. The Integrated Innovation Institute is a unique academic, research, and executive education entity that is jointly supported by the Carnegie Institute of Technology (the College of Engineering), the College of Fine Arts' School of Design, and the Tepper School of Business. The Master of Integrated Innovation degree focuses on the creation of products, services and interactive experiences that define new product opportunities that exceed user value expectations. The program excels at providing engineers, designers, business students and those in related fields, the skills and knowledge to become elite innovators.

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Costume Production—M.F.A.

Students in this program will develop and synthesize skills including draping, flat patterning, tailoring, costume history, fabric dyeing painting and manipulation, millinery, costume management, and design while exploring related fields of personal interest. These skills will allow the student to become the flexible and collaborative individuals who organize and create clothing and accessories for use in theatrical, film, television, and non-traditional applications. Classroom projects are complemented with practical production experience.


This program allows the student to cultivate skills in the areas of design for the performing arts, from traditional live theatre to film, television, industrial presentations, educational programs and interactive computer programs. The program’s five focal areas are scenery, costumes, lighting, sound and media design. A student must concentrate in one area of these components (exceptionally experienced students may be able to concentrate in two); however, students achieve a familiarity in all four design areas. Courses in theatre history, criticism and theory provide a foundation for the training, and classroom projects are complemented with practical production experience.


This program emphasizes both analysis and execution. Courses in directing enhance the student’s own ability and experience by providing opportunities for the practical application of classroom ideas. Four professional faculty directors provide a broad spectrum of response to the work. The School of Drama does not support one particular kind of theatre or one specific way of working; rather, we encourage the students to consider many theories and techniques and to develop individual styles based on their own distinctive creativity and integrity.

Dramatic Writing—M.F.A.

The dramatic writing MFA combines instruction in playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for television. The objective is to prepare degree recipients to immediately enter the field, armed with a body of work to present, a deep understanding of the theory and practice of the art, and a working knowledge of the parts of the professional arena that interest them. Students collaborate on productions of their stage and television scripts, and have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses. MFA recipients will have demonstrated a high level of craft, discipline, and openness to wild experimentation.

Production Technology and Management—M.F.A.

This three-year program focuses on the production requirements of live theatrical performance while also providing exposure to television, film and emerging technology-based art forms. The program offers studies in production management, stage management, technical direction, costume production and production automation technology.

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Graduate composers work with a renowned faculty in an atmosphere stressing the performance of new music. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and the Contemporary Ensemble all regularly program student compositions. The student composers' forum presents distinguished guests, including composers presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony.


This is an extraordinarily selective program focusing on work with either Ronald Zollman or Robert Page, both internationally known conductors and educators. Each teacher enrolls only a few new students each year, to provide outstanding focus and performance opportunities with the major ensembles.

Music Education—M.M.

Designed to meet the needs of practicing music educators, this is a personalized course of study based on each individual’s academic background and professional interests. Domestic students must complete a Music Certification program prior to enrollment in this program.


The M.M. is offered in all classical performance areas. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, one of the finest college orchestras in the nation, is the centerpiece for orchestral training. The M.M. curriculum offers students an opportunity to focus on mastery of performance, including specialized training in literature and repertoire, pedagogy and professional skills.

Music & Technology [with SCS and CIT]—M.S.

The School of Music, the School of Computer Science (SCS) and the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) offer the Master of Science in Music & Technology jointly.

This program will consist of a set of courses that span music and technology, as well as a comprehensive capstone composition/design/performance project. As the backgrounds and needs of the students are expected to be highly varied, specific course selection will be supervised by the student’s advisor in concert with an Advising Committee which will include representation from the School of Music, the School of Computer Science, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Potential areas of study include technologically assisted composition, technologically augmented performance; computer music systems and technology; music signal processing; music information retrieval; acoustics, sound recording, and music instrument design; and music cognition and perception.

The ideal student for this program will be an individual who is already excellent in either music or some aspect of technology, and who has also demonstrated substantial skill in the complementary area as well.

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Arts Management [with Heinz]—Master of

The Master of Arts Management (MAM) program’s curriculum teaches you management, technical and other skills for leading and improving arts organizations. You will understand not only the practical applications of arts management but also the theory. And, through internships, apprenticeships, and the systems synthesis project, you'll have the opportunity to apply the skills and theory you've learned. MAM draws upon the Heinz School and the College of Fine Arts.
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Master of Entertainment Technology [with SCS]—M.E.T.

The two-year M.E.T. is jointly conferred by the College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science. The concept behind both the Entertainment Technology Center and the M.E.T. is having technologists and fine artists work together on projects that produce artifacts intended to entertain, inform, inspire or otherwise affect an audience/guest/player/participant. We do not turn artists into technologists, or vice-versa. While some students will be able to achieve mastery in both areas, it is not our intent to have our students master “the other side.” Instead, we intend for a typical student in the program to enter with mastery or training in a specific area and spend his or her time at Carnegie Mellon learning the vocabulary, values and working patterns of the other culture.

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