MFA in Interior Design


  • MFA in Interior Design Class of 2013, 2014 & 2015 – 90% are employed in their field of study
  • Upcoming Thesis Presentation – August 8th, 9:00 AM – 4 PM, all are welcome to attend.
  • Hillary Eickhoff – Cultural Significance of Movie Theater Design
  • Theresa Griffin:  The Currents:  Marketplace and Design Center
  • Denise Haag – Verienigen Integrated Enrichment Center:  Respecting the Old While Designing Anew
  • Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet - @ Level Lands
  • Stephani Long -  The Poppy:  A Boutique Hotel
  • Damarys Vazquez-Bennett – Under One Roof:  Intergenerational Daycare & Wellness Center
  • Click here to Register Now for Design Forum: Defining a Profession: Shifting Directions in conjunction with Design Philadelphia, Thursday, October 15, 6:30-8:00 PM, free and open to the public.  Moore College of Art & Design’s Jim Miller will moderate an extension of last year’s insightful panel discussion with several of Philadelphia’s leading women interior designers and the new directions of their practices.


The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design emphasizes the development of professional, creative and research-based interior designers, who serve human needs within the greater social and environmental context.  Most studio projects are the adaptive reuse of buildings that students visit and then design for the needs of various types of clients.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a field other than interior design, this program is designed for students to begin a career in interior design.  The program is 9 terms (3 years) and an introductory 6-week intensive.  Courses are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday, so that students can have flexibility and meet curricular demands while completing their MFA.
Annual department events include Design Day, the Design Forum and field trips.  Design Day is a short, team project for a real client and can be anything from flexible furniture to a disaster shelter.  The Design Forum topics address the effects of design on the community and include local and national experts in the topic area.  
Required internships provide valuable work experience in the field, and students earn 3 credits for this opportunity during their eighth semester. The program culminates with students choosing their thesis project which includes research, programming and design phases.  The thesis is presented to a jury of professional interior designers and faculty for discussion and evaluation.  It is then presented to the design community and the public in the Graduate Thesis Exhibition.