Interior Architecture Bachelor of Interior Architecture (BIA)

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Design a Fascinating Career with an Interior Architecture Degree

Marywood University's renowned School of Architecture emphasizes disciplinary knowledge within a broad liberal arts framework, including a study abroad opportunity in Florence, Italy. The four-year professional degree in Interior Architecture (B.I.A.) enables students to create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. 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.

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. 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.

  • 4-year professional degree (B.I.A.)
  • Focus on interior spaces of buildings
  • Building conservation, preservation, and adaptive re-use

Top Employers

  • Architecture Firms
  • Construction
  • Motion Picture/Film Industries
  • Museums

Top Career Paths

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Set Designer
  • Exhibit Designer

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official SAT and/or ACT test scores (Marywood is test optional)
  • Essay (optional)

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The School of Architecture is housed in this spacious adaptation of Marywood's former gymnasium. The building features a variety of green components, including a vegetative roof and an innovative heating and cooling system that utilizes geothermal energy from abandoned mine shafts beneath campus.

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