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

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design

Jayashree Shamanna
Clinical Instructor (Pro-Rata)

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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Bachelor of Fine Arts – Interior Architecture/Design (B.FA./I.A.)**

First-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I
ARCH 111 Introduction to the Designed Environment
IARC 114 History of Interior Architecture 3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
RST 112 Modern Belief
ENGL 160 Compostion and Rhetoric
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II
ARCH 122
Design Thinking
ARCH 124 Digital Media I
IARC 124 Design, Drawing, and Color 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
PSYC 211
General Psychology
Total: 18 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 35 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III 6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II 3
IARC 215 Lighting Fundamentals 3
ENVS 109 Technology, Environment, and Society 3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

IARC 220A Interior Architecture Studio IV 5
ARCH 223 History of Architecture II
**ARCH/IARC Program Elective
ENGL XXX English above 300 3
PSYC 325 Sensation and Perception 3
Total: 17 credits

Third-year curriculum: 35 credits
Fall 3

IARC 310A Interior Architecture Studio V 6
IARC 313 Building Structures and Systems
LANG XXX Foreign language I 3
MATH XXX Mathematics 3
HIST 101 Global History of the 20th Century 3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

IARC 320A Interior Architecture Studio VI 5
IARC 322A Materials and Methods 3
LANG XXX Foreign Language II 3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective 3
GE General Elective 3
Total: 17 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 32 credits
Fall 4

IARC 410A Design Studio VII 6
PHIL XXX Philosophy Above 200
RST XXX Religious Studies 3
HIST XXX History Elective 3
GE XXX General Elective 3
Total: 18 Credits

Spring 4

IARC 420A Design Studio VIII 5
ARCH 462 Professional Practice 3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
IARC/ARCH XXX Program Elective 3
Total: 14 Credits

Total Credits: 135

*Third-year IARC students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the spring semester of their third year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return.