Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design

Retail is at a crossroads. Be ready.

Retail is changing. Get ready to move into the future and define your path with Columbus College of Art & Design’s first-of-its-kind Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design. Here, you’ll experience a cutting-edge approach to learning with a rich mix of theory and practice in a program developed and taught by retail experts. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how customers engage with brands and make purchase decisions—from e-commerce to brick and mortar, and everything in between. This program intentionally aligns with the retail calendar and we are taking applications now for a January 2022 start date. Priority deadline is Oct. 15. Applications are continually accepted through Nov. 15. Learn more and apply.
 

A program designed for…

Omnichannel specialists
Environmental branders
Retail/interior designers
Entrepreneurs 

Digital marketers
Brand consultants
Merchandisers
And more...

 

Retail is detail

What sets our program apart? A channel-agnostic approach to retail that only an art and design school can offer, balancing business acumen with innovation, inclusivity, and creativity to meet the challenges of tomorrow. You'll gain a mastery of the retail landscape and industry connections that will put your career on the fast track.

Read more about our curriculum here.

A program that works for you

We get it. Your day job is demanding. Our MPS program is designed to fit your life with options to enroll full- or part-time and in-person or synchronously online.

The program begins in January 2022, aligned with Q 1 in the retail calendar. Classes are conveniently scheduled on evenings and weekends. You'll be able to earn your degree in 1 year full time or 2 years part time, including summers. No matter where you are, you'll get to meet and bond with your cohort during three in-person meetups in Columbus across the program.

 

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Home to retail

Columbus knows retail. As home to some of the country’s top retailers—Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Big Lots, and Hollister, to name just a few—you’ll have access to top talent, mentors, and loads of opportunities. Plus, you’ll work directly with one of those retail partners to define and conduct an immersive capstone project. 


 

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Get a taste of the program

Join us for our CCAD Knows Retail webinar series on key issues in retail led by experts who are shaping this program. Learn about our Fall 2021 webinars and register to attend.

Not ready to commit to a full degree program or looking to fill a specific skill gap? You can request to enroll in a select set of courses from the MPS. If, later on, you choose to apply to and are accepted to the program, these will count towards your graduation requirements. Email Jessi Walker, Director of Career Education, for more information.

 


Meet the Advisory Board

Former Vice President, Global Environments & Creative Services, Timberland
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Chair, Board of Trustees
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Principal & Executive Advisor, Cherry Advisory
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
President, 42 Solutions, and former Senior Vice President, International Operations, L Brands
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Practice Lead, Retail Solutions Strategy, Taivara Technology Innovations
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Partner, Design + Strategy, ASG | Chute Gerdeman
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Director of Creative Activation, TENFOLD
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Creative Director, Black Purse & Co-Owner, 5-Star Staffing
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Lead Design Project Architect, Target
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
CEO, Bumbershoot, LLC
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Founder & Chair, CBUS Retail; Founder & CEO, Asset Strategies Group
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Owner, ConsumerX Retail
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Executive Vice President, Thought Leadership & Marketing, WD Partners
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Chief Executive, Easton at Steiner + Associates, Inc.
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Creative Director, Brand Communications, WD Partners
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Senior Vice President, Creative, Big Red Rooster
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Chief Marketing Officer, Bath & Body Works
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
L Brands/Bath & Body Works
Founder, Gabby Rosi Collective & former Senior Director of Design and Development, Whole Foods Market
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Principal, Timamxelle design group, LLC
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Former Chief Marketing Officer, DSW
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
Designer Shoe Warehouse Inc.
Design Director, Landor & Fitch
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board
CEO, Warhol & Wall St. & Director, Columbus Fashion Alliance
MPS Retail Design Advisory Board

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