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.