The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture program, accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), seeks to provide education in design principles, visual and spatial conventions, and professional practice. Interior architects create environments that are visually engaging and supportive of client requirements while manipulating interior space, furniture and finishes to serve functional requirements and conceptual/artistic ends. In the college’s state of the art fabrication facility, students may physically explore potential spatial solutions. Internships further knowledge of the design profession and build students’ professional networks. Through coursework and within a community of peers, students have the oppportunity to build the skills and portfolio necessary for an entry-level design position and the NCIDQ exam.
Program graduates are qualified to undertake the National Council for Interior Design Accreditation (NCIDQ) exam which, upon passage, may lead to licensed/titled status.
After successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:
- work through the critical phases of the design process, as established and required within professional interior architecture practice;
- participate as an entry-level professional within the architecture and design community with a competent level of creative, intellectual, and technical skills as required by CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation);
- demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the built environment and its physiological, psychological, and social effects on the user to assure that health, life safety, welfare, and sustainability concerns are integrated;
- have an understanding of design tools (design concept, circulation patterns, overall atmosphere, materials, lighting) that enhance the built environment and support the client’s intention;
- be qualified, with the addition of two years professional experience, to sit for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam; and
- present a succinct, cohesive, critically edited and interpreted body of work.
A grade of C or better is required in all major coursework, and a CGPA of 3.0 or higher is required in the major for BFA candidates.
For students who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree in another field, the Second Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture is available.