Academic Programs of Study

Interior Architecture/Design

Bachelor of Interior Architecture (BIA)

  • 4-year professional degree
  • Focus on interior spaces of buildings
  • Building conservation, preservation, and adaptive re-use

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Interior Architecture/Design at Marywood

Interior architects/designers create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. While the architect typically focuses on the building form and external profiles, relationships between buildings and landscape, the interior architect/designer's focus is primarily on the interior spaces of buildings. In this capacity, interior architects must understand the important role of materials, colors, textures, and light in the creation of interior spaces that respond to the physical, social, psychological, and cultural needs of building users. Working with scales that range from that of the object (furniture and light fixtures) to that of the complex whole (ordering systems and spatial sequence) the interior architect requires the knowledge of experiential, the tectonic, the technical, and the theoretical.

Because of the commonalities between the disciplines of architecture and interior architecture, students in the interior architecture program share similar professional core courses with students in architecture during the first two years of study.

As societies continue to re-examine their stock of existing buildings, the skills of interior architects/designers become increasingly important to clients seeking building conservation, preservation, and adaptive re-use.

This 4-year professional degree enables students to create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. In this capacity, interior architects/designers must understand the important role of materials, colors, textures and light in the creation of interior spaces that respond to physical, social, psychological and cultural needs of building users.

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Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design

Jayashree Shamanna
Clinical Instructor (Pro-Rata)

Maria MacDonald
Director, Undergraduate Interior Architecture Studies
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Bachelor of Interior Architecture/Design (B.I.A.)**

First-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I
ARCH 112 Introduction to the Designed Environment and Design Thinking 3
IARC 324 History of Interior Architecture 3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
Total: 14 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
IARC 110A Applied Design, and Color Principles 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
RST 112 Modern Belief
Total: 16 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III 6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II 3
IARC 415 Lighting Fundamentals 3
ARCH 215 History and Theory of Architecture II 3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

IARC 220A Interior Architecture Studio IV 6
ARCH 225 History and Theory of Architecture III 3
ENGL XXX English above 300 3
SOC/PSYC XXX Social Science Elective 3
GE XXX General Elective 3
Total: 18 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

IARC 310A Interior Architecture Studio V 6
IARC 313 Building Structures and Systems 3
LANG XXX Foreign language I 3
MATH XXX Mathematics 3
HIST XXX History Elective
(Global if Global Requirement has not been fulfilled previously)
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

IARC 320A Interior Architecture Studio VI 6
IARC 322A Materials and Methods 3
LANG XXX Foreign Language II 3
IARC/ARCH XXX Program Elective 3
SCIENCE Science Elective 3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 4

IARC 410A Design Studio VII 6
PHIL XXX Philosophy Above 200 3
RST XXX Religious Studies 3
IARC/ARCH XXX Program Elective 3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 4

IARC 420A Design Studio VIII 5
ARCH 462 Professional Practice 3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era 3
HIST XXX History Elective 3
DEAN 075 Degree Candidacy 0
Total: 14 Credits

Total Credits: 132