Programs of Study

Interior Architecture/Design

M.I.A.

  • Advanced study of design strategies, history, theories, and technologies of Adaptive Reuse
  • Exposure to experimental pedagogies and techniques
  • State-of-the-art facilities

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Interior Architecture/Design at Marywood

The School of Architecture offers the Master of Interior Architecture (M.I.A.).  This post-professional degree focuses on the advanced study of design strategies, history, theories, and technologies of Adaptive Reuse. Current trends in architectural design practice ensure that the imaginative reuse of existing buildings is, and will continue to be, the primary focus of our discipline for the foreseeable future.

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Jayashree Shamanna
Clinical Instructor (Pro-Rata)

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design

Maria MacDonald
Director, Undergraduate Interior Architecture Studies
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Specific Program Requirements

Applicants for graduate study in Interior Architecture must meet the general requirements for admission to the University.

In addition, applicants must submit and/or satisfy the following:

  1. A Statement of Purpose, 150-200 words in length.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (only one of which may be from a Marywood
    University faculty member).
  3. If requested, a personal interview with the School's Graduate Admissions
    Committee.
  4. A portfolio of design projects, with narrative descriptions, submitted no later than one month before the last official registration date. The School's Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the portfolio for its diversity of project types, the complexity of programs resolved, and the quality of visual and written presentation and communication. The purpose of this review is to determine if the student is suitably prepared to meet the rigors of advanced professional study.
  5. Any applicant who, in the judgment of the School's Graduate Admissions Committee, lacks adequate undergraduate preparation to pursue this degree program, will be required to take additional coursework, thereby extending the program completion period beyond one year. The extent and nature of this coursework will be determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee after reviewing all required application materials.
  6. For students holding a Marywood undergraduate degree in the discipline, a minimum QPA of 3.0 (or "B") is required for admission to the program. For those holding undergraduate degrees from other institutions, a minimum overall QPA of 3.0 (or "B") is expected. Individuals who do not meets this minimum QPA requirement (or other requirements) but demonstrate outstanding and unusual qualifications that promise significant contributions to the program may request special consideration through the Director of the School of Architecture.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Degree Track Master of Interior Architecture

Course of Study (Typical)

Year 1

Fall15 credits
Studio: Formal & Spatial Attitudes of Adaptive Reuse 6
Principles of Adaptive Reuse 3
History & Theories of Urban Form 3
Representation in Adaptive Reuse of the Interior 3

 

Spring15 credits
Studio: Urban and Community Contexts of Adaptive Reuse 6
Materials & Methods of Adaptive Reuse 3
Strategies & Theories of Adaptive Reuse 3
Program Elective 3

Year 2

Fall12 credits
Research Methods and Preparation 3
Hybrid Craft 3
Advanced Lighting 3
Program Elective 3

 

Spring12 credits
IARC 530 Studio: Master's Research Project 6
IARC 594A Thesis Documentation & Publication 3
IARC 5XX Program Elective 3

Application Requirements

Applicants for graduate study in Interior Architecture must meet the general requirements for admission to the University.

In addition, applicants must submit and/or satisfy the following:

  1. A Statement of Purpose, 150-200 words in length.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (only one of which may be from a Marywood
    University faculty member).
  3. If requested, a personal interview with the School's Graduate Admissions
    Committee.
  4. A portfolio of design projects, with narrative descriptions, submitted no later than one month before the last official registration date. The School's Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the portfolio for its diversity of project types, the complexity of programs resolved, and the quality of visual and written presentation and communication. The purpose of this review is to determine if the student is suitably prepared to meet the rigors of advanced professional study.
  5. Any applicant who, in the judgment of the School's Graduate Admissions Committee, lacks adequate undergraduate preparation to pursue this degree program, will be required to take additional coursework, thereby extending the program completion period beyond one year. The extent and nature of this coursework will be determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee after reviewing all required application materials.
  6. For students holding a Marywood undergraduate degree in the discipline, a minimum QPA of 3.0 (or "B") is required for admission to the program. For those holding undergraduate degrees from other institutions, a minimum overall QPA of 3.0 (or "B") is expected. Individuals who do not meets this minimum QPA requirement (or other requirements) but demonstrate outstanding and unusual qualifications that promise significant contributions to the program may request special consideration through the Director of the School of Architecture.