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 can 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.
As a result of successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:
- develop a deep understanding of design process and utilize this process in a competent manner;
- develop and gain a technical competency exceeding minimal entry-level professional expectations;
- become competent communicators, both verbal and written;
- develop graphic maturity;
- learn presentation techniques typical of the field and utilize these techniques in a manner consistent with entry-level professional expectations;
- be exposed to some full scale design-build opportunities during their studies;
- be qualified to undertake the first steps (IDFX) towards National Council for Interior Design Accreditation (NCIDQ) exam, leading to licensed/titled status (in states requiring such);
- actively participate in program-required internships, gaining exposure to real-world expectations and experience within the profession;
- be solidly prepared to enter the design profession as design team members;
- experience a broad range of project and client types;
- understand the opportunities that are presented in a multi-disciplinary environment;
- graduate with a competent knowledge of historical and contemporary precedent in art, architecture, and design and recognize the importance of such a knowledge;
- develop an awareness of, and sensitivity to, various socio-economic realities; and
- have opportunities to use their skills to improve lives of others.