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Post-Professional Programs

SCI-Arc offers two post-professional programs: Future Initiatives (SCIFI) and Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media (ESTm). Students are admitted into these programs in the fall term only. Admission is determined by a review of the applicant's personal statement, letters of recommendation, academic record, and portfolio of architectural and creative work.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2015 admission into the SCIFI and ESTm post-professional programs is April 15, 2015. Late applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and should contact the Admissions Office for more information.

For more program details, please read the brief descriptions below and use the quick links to visit the detailed program pages.

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Future Initiatives (SCIFI)

SCI-Arc's SCIFI program is a one year, three-term post-professional degree program leading to a SCI-Arc Master of Design Research Degree (MDesR) in City Design, Planning and Policy. The program is open to students with a professional degree in Architecture or a Bachelor degree or equivalent in any field. The program requires attendance for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

It is recommended that students entering the SCIFI program are familiar with the following software packages: Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Maya, Rhino and Flash.

For detailed information about the program, visit the SCIFI homepage.

The application for the SCIFI post-professional program is available ONLINE.

Prerequisites for SCIFI: Introduction to Digital Design, a short, intensive workshop offered prior to the fall term, is intended to provide entering students with the foundation in digital tools necessary to successfully undertake the demands of the SCIFI program.

Emerging Systems & Technologies (ESTm)

SCI-Arc's Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media program is a one year, three-term post-professional degree program leading to a SCI-Arc Master of Design Research Degree (MDesR) in Emerging Systems & Technologies. The program is open to students with a professional degree in Architecture (B.Arch), or its equivalent abroad. The program requires attendance for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

ESTm focuses exclusively on technology as it applies to the present and future of design, computation, media, digital fabrication, robotic manufacturing, sustainable engineering, material ecologies and novel tectonics.

For detailed information about the program, visit the ESTm homepage.

The application for the ESTm post-professional program is available ONLINE.

Prerequisites for ESTm: Introduction to Digital Design, a short, intensive workshop offered prior to the fall term, is intended to provide entering students with the foundation in digital tools necessary to successfully undertake the demands of the ESTm program.




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