Interior Architecture

Interior architects/designers create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. 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.

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Degree Tracks: Interior Architecture/Design

Bachelor of Interior Architecture (B.I.A.)

While the architect typically focuses on building form and external profiles, relationships between buildings and landscape, and interior spatial organization and sequence, the interior architect/designer typically focuses on the interior spaces of buildings. Interior architects create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. As professionals, they must therefore 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), interior architects require a knowledge of the experiential, the tectonic, the technical, and the theoretical.

The commonalities between the disciplines of architecture and interior architecture provides the context for students in Marywood’s architecture and interior architecture program to share professional core courses during the first two years of study, including the foundation design studios and digital media and the history of architecture courses.

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

First-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I
4
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
1
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
Total: 14 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II
4
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
IARC 110A Applied Design, and Color Principles 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
RST 112 Modern Belief
3
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)
3
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


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