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 Admission and Matriculation Requirements

For freshmen entering the undergraduate program in Interior Architecture, a minimum SAT score (Math and Critical Reading) of 900 and a QPA of 2.80 (on a 4.00 scale) is generally required.

Design Portfolio: Applicants to any of the School of Architecture’s undergraduate programs may submit a Design Portfolio, but it is not specifically required unless otherwise mentioned. However, transfer students to any program in the School of Architecture, along with all applicants to the professional or post-professional degree tracks, must submit additional materials, including a portfolio.

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer into the Architecture or Interior Architecture degree track from other programs within Marywood or from other accredited academic institutions must have a 3.00 overall QPA on a minimum of 12 credits. If a Marywood student is accepted, the student must complete a "Change of Major" form available from the Office of Academic Records.

Students holding associate degrees from accredited institutions and who wish to enter either the Architecture or Interior Architecture program must have a 3.00 overall QPA or a minimum of 12 credits in one of these two disciplines.

Acceptable Academic Standing

A minimum QPA of 2.50 is required in any of these degree tracks for any student to be in good academic standing.

Degree Tracks: Interior Architecture/Design

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

Because of the commonalities between the disciplines of architecture and interior architecture, students in Marwood's interior architecture program share similar professional core courses with students in architecture during the first two years of their study, including the foundation design sequence and courses in digital media and the history of architecture.

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.

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.

Master of Arts – Interior Architecture/Design (M.A./I.A.)

Marywood’s 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 concentrateson new and appropriate uses for abandoned buildings in our region, utilizing new strategies to accommodate flexible building occupancies. Ultimately, the purpose of the Thesis is to investigate new design ideas for older buildings that can support new interior uses and that can lead to the revitalization of both our downtowns and our neighborhoods.

For information on the M.A./I.A. degree, please consult the Graduate Catalog.

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