Interior Architecture/Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts - BFA

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

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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.Interior Architecture/Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture/Design (B.F.A.) (4-year)

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.

Master of Art in Interior Architecture/Design (M.A.) (5-year)

This terminal year of intensive study will enable students to build upon the educational discoveries of their undergraduate course of study. Our graduate program in Interior Architecture/Design prepares students for the profession by engaging them in an array of specialized courses ranging from design, aesthetics, history and advanced digital media, to lighting, detailing and sustainability. Each student pursues a comprehensive, two-semester Thesis Project that concentrates on new and appropriate uses for abandoned buildings in our region. Ultimately, the purpose of the Thesis is to investigate new design ideas that can lead to the revitalization of both our downtowns and our neighborhoods.

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Accomplished Architecture Faculty


W. Kevin Wyllie
Director, Graduate Interior Architecture Studies

Maria MacDonald
Director, Undergraduate Interior Architecture Studies

Jayashree Shamanna
Clinical Instructor (Pro-Rata)

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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