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 Track: Master of Art in Studio Art

(concentration in Interior Architecture/Design)

The M.A. program in Interior Architecture at Marywood University is one of a limited number of graduate Interior Architecture programs in the United States. 

This 36–credit degree is available to students who have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree in Interior Architecture or Interior Design, or Architecture from an accredited NASAD, CIDA, or NAAB program. The degree is intended for those who wish to pursue more advanced studies in Interior Architecture with an emphasis on adaptive reuse of existing structures.

This degree track is a full-time program consisting of an initial intensive summer session (6 credits), followed by a sequential two-semester, 30-credit course of study (Fall: 15 credits; Spring: 15 credits). 

One of two degree options may be pursued:

A. 4+1 Fast-Track Option

This track is designed for those students who have received their four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interior Architecture/Design) undergraduate degree from Marywood. Course content for this graduate degree is formulated to build sequentially on this earlier degree track.

For information on graduate application requirements, please see the School of Architecture’s Application Requirements section in this catalog.

B. One-Year Option

This track is designed for individuals who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in an accredited Interior Architecture/Design program and can demonstrate sufficient evidence that they are academically prepared to pursue advanced professional studies.


The Master of Arts in Studio Art (concentration in Interior Architecture/Design) degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

Course of Study (Typical)

Year 1


IARC 513 Thesis Research 3
IARC 514 Issues in Contemporary Interior Architecture 3
  Total 6


IARC 510 Design Thesis I 6
IARC 512 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 3
IARC 516 Visual Culture and the Built Environment 3
IARC 599A Principles of Adaptive Reuse 3
  Total 15


IARC 520 Design Thesis II 6
IARC 522 Detailing Interior Architecture 3
IARC 525 Thesis Documentation 3
IARC 5XX Program Elective 3
  Total 15

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