For Christina Gedick, a 2015 graduate of Mount Ida College, the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program in Interior Architecture was a perfect choice. Christina did her undergraduate work at Mount Ida and was able to take advantage of the 4+1 master’s program, allowing her to complete both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in a total of five years.
Now Christina has put her education to work as a full-time Project Designer at Fusion Design Consultants, Inc. in Boston, designing mainly corporate offices. She has helped with projects including Boston Children’s Hospital, District Management Council, and Westwood Global Investments.
Christina credits her experience at Mount Ida with helping her land her position. “It was ideal in so many ways,” says Christina. “Taking graduate classes while still an undergrad was a great solution and it meant I could get another degree under my belt while challenging myself, continuing my college experience at Mount Ida and saving a little time and money, too.” Because she was achieving her bachelors and masters at the same time, Christina was able to connect her graduate research to her undergraduate thesis which was an advantage that she had over some of her classmates.
Christina, who had no previous business experience, said the program pushed her to work harder, saying the courses tested her creativity and her mind. “The classes forced me to think deeper about concepts and certain aspects of design and what I, as a designer, could bring to the table that would be different from the rest of the designers in the industry.”
One of the many things she enjoyed at Mount Ida was taking part in the Enabled by Design-a-thon competition in Washington, D.C. “It was fun, yet educational and opened my eyes to accessibility and changed my way of thinking about design and how it can be used to accommodate everyone, no matter their ability.” Christina also had the opportunity to take the travel course “Global Design: Analysis of Historic Built environments and Planning for Resilient Communities”, and studied the relation between interior design and resiliency first hand in Czech Republic and Germany. This was a meaningful trip for Christina as it was her first time traveling outside of the United States.
Christina recommends that other designers follow her lead into the MSM program. “Design isn’t just design, it is a business as well. Having the business foundation helps you better understand companies and their processes no matter what field of design you go into. I wanted to have an additional business degree to take with me into the design industry, and the 4+1 program was the perfect way to do it.” Christina feels that the business knowledge she gained in the graduate program combined with her interior design background has ultimately made her a well-rounded designer.