Interior Architecture / Design

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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Program Director: Maria MacDonald, M.A.

Degree Track: Master of Art in Studio Art

(concentration in Interior Architecture/Design)

This 36-credit degree option is available to students who have completed a 4-year baccalaureate degree in Interior Architecture/Design from a regionally accredited college or university. The degree is intended for those who wish to pursue more advanced studies, particularly in areas of professional concentration such as Sustainability and Adaptive Re-use. The School’s commitment to the ethic of Environmental Stewardship resonates throughout studio projects and related coursework. As interior architects are increasingly called upon to utilize sustainably produced products in building interiors, we are also obligated make our graduates aware of the many new processes, assemblies and materials available to designers.

The graduate program is a full-time program consisting of an initial intensive two-week summer session of 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 4-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.

B. One-Year Option

This track is designed for individuals who have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture/Design and can demonstrate equivalent credit background in the discipline that would support Master's degree work.


The Master of Art in Studio Art (concentration in Interior Architecture/Design) degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). With this accredited degree, followed by a required period of professional work experience, graduates are eligible to take the NCIDQ Examination for licensure. The curriculum content also aligns with current Council for Interior Design Accreditation’s (CIDA’s) Professional Standards.

Course of Study

36 credits


IARC 508 History of Architecture and Interiors 3
IARC 589 Aesthetics 3
  Total 6


IARC 510 Design Thesis I 6
IARC 512 LEED for Interior Architects 3
IARC 514 Issues in Contemporary Interior Architecture 3
ARCH 552 Digital Design III 3
  Total 15


IARC 520 Design Thesis II 6
IARC 521 Lighting Fundamentals 3
IARC 522 Detailing Interior Architecture 3
IARC 524 Professional Competencies 3
  Total 15

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